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Trust, Truth and Questions for the Media

  • Moderated by Brian Stelter

It’s been a strange year in politics, to say the least. From a surprising Presidential election cycle to a sense of rising public mistrust in journalism to weekly policy and personnel changes in the White House, it’s been a difficult time for newsrooms. We’ve brought together a broad group of journalists to unpack covering an arguably unprecedented political moment, as well as look at where coverage is headed in the next...

Fireside Chat with Medium CEO Ev Williams

  • Ev Williams
  • Moderated by Manoush Zomorodi

When Medium arrived on the web, it offered a number of intriguing features: a publishing platform that existed somewhere between a tweet...

Do We Need a Bechdel Test for News? How Inclusiveness and Credibility Can Expand Coverage

  • Vanessa K De Luca
  • Lisa Stone
  • Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Moderated by Alisa Miller

Around the world, news features women only 24 percent of the time, a data point indicative of journalism’s larger problem with...

Online Media

Government Propaganda and Media Manipulation

  • Jessikka Aro
  • Ruslan Deynychenko
  • Steven Luckert
  • Moderated by Saleem Khan

This critical discussion will focus on how governments have manipulated public perception and the media, past and present. We'll help provide context to ongoing political...

Building Trust in Online Communities

  • Kim Bode
  • Rubina Fillion
  • Adam Smith

How can old and new media organizations build on their strengths to engender trust in the age of endless online soapboxing, media pluralism and fake news? What can they learn from ...

Sharing Data and Insights for More Engaging Local Journalism

  • Leonard Fishman
  • Meghan Hoyer
  • Troy Thibodeaux

Data journalism is becoming more important to the way organizations cover the news. The right data set can lead to stories we couldn’t tell otherwise and help us tell familiar...

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Trust, Truth and Questions for the Media

  • Moderated by Brian Stelter

It’s been a strange year in politics, to say the least. From a surprising Presidential election cycle to a sense of rising public mistrust in journalism to weekly policy and...

Welcome + Opening Remarks

  • Joshua Hatch
  • Irving Washington

We'll kick off our energetic annual gathering with a rousing welcome and announcements from ONA Executive Director Irving Washington and President of the Board of Directors,...

Table Talks: Audience Engagement + Analytics

  • Moderated by Meghann Farnsworth and Fergus Bell

Consistently ranked among the best experiences of our conference, this series of participatory, inspiring conversations will address challenging topics in your area of expertise....

[Unconference] Engaging Your Audience With Audience Engagement: Beyond the Buzzword

  • Greg Emerson

This session was among the most popular pitched to our annual unconference, in which attendees can suggest topics they feel should be added to this year's schedule. The...

Fireside Chat with Medium CEO Ev Williams

  • Ev Williams
  • Moderated by Manoush Zomorodi

When Medium arrived on the web, it offered a number of intriguing features: a publishing platform that existed somewhere between a tweet and a blog post; a stab at fixing broken...

Table Talks: Newsgathering Tools + Techniques

  • Moderated by Meghann Farnsworth and Fergus Bell

Consistently ranked among the best experiences of our conference, this series of participatory, inspiring conversations will address challenging topics in your area of expertise....

What Product and News Designers Can Learn From Each Other

  • Emily Chow
  • Jessica Parker Gilbert

Both news designers and product designers are trying to reach audiences through good design, but they face different challenges and have unique insights into what works. News...

The Legal Panel

  • Vickie Baranetsky
  • Lauren Fisher
  • Gregg Leslie
  • Moderated by Alison Schary

Join us for this conversational session, updated each year with fresh, relevant guidance on the unique legal issues surrounding digital journalism and technology. Come prepared...

Under the Hood: Re-Imagining Legacy Newsrooms

  • Moderated by Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Our Under the Hood sessions offer a deep dive into bold ideas led by newsrooms of all types. We've all got big dreams for our newsrooms. Talent and grit matter, but what...

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Project Founder / Director , Next Generation Radio, NPR

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