Thursday, March 10, 2011

International Symposium on Online Journalism set for April 1-2 in Austin, TX, USA

Journalists, media executives and academics from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe will take part in the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), April 1–2, 2011, at the University of Texas at Austin.

The annual event has been organized since 1999 by Professor Rosental C. Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT Austin.

The ISOJ will feature keynote addresses from executives of NPR,, and Patch Media, and panel presentations from members of leading media organizations, including BBC News, The Daily, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Mexico's Grupo Reforma.

Presentations will focus on many aspects of online journalism, including innovations in the industry, economic models, technology and design, social media, nonprofit journalism models, and community engagement with the news.

Other panels will focus on academic research, featuring professors and graduate students. The ISOJ generated a record 50 submissions of academic papers from a variety of universities and countries. Twenty-two academic papers were accepted for presentation, confirming the growth of ISOJ's reputation as a world-class conference.

The ISOJ receives generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Dallas Morning News, and UT's College of Communication. It is a program of the Knight Chair in Journalism, the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin.

"We have a great lineup of first-class speakers from around the country and around the world who will touch on some of the most important issues related to the evolution of journalism in this digital era," Alves says.
"We will learn from diverse topics such as the project to transform NPR from a radio network into a digital, multimedia enterprise and how the first newspaper produced for the iPad has been designed. We'll learn about the global operations of and the local efforts of Patch Media and other companies."

A live stream of the event will be accessible from the Symposium website.

Registration is now available online at

The ISOJ will begin Friday, April 1, with a keynote address by Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of NPR. The keynote speaker Friday afternoon is Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of

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