COLLEGE PARK, Md. Aug. 17 – The program for Journalism Interactive 2017 is out, with a lineup of more than 40 accomplished speakers, two dozen sessions and hands-on-training designed to help journalism educators stay at the forefront of digital storytelling.

Speakers represent a diverse mix of media companies and universities, including The Washington Post, Google, Pro Publica, ESPN, NBC4 and more.  Hands-on training sessions will help attendees learn how to shoot and edit 360-degree video, get more out of social analytics, up their data visualization skills, tell stories with SnapChat and develop lesson plans for news verification and other crucial journalism skills.

The sixth annual Journalism Interactive conference takes place Oct. 20 and 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center adjacent to the University of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.  It is sponsored by the Knight Foundation, hosted by Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and jointly planned with partner schools, including the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications.

J/i is designed to help educators learn new teaching methods and explore best practices for digital news technologies.  The event features both hands-on training and lively dialogue about teaching media skills, including immersive video storytelling and fact-based journalism in the age of social media. A key focus this year will be how educators are responding to the rapid spread of “fake news.”

A sampling of speakers:

  • Major Garrett, chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
  • Kevin Merida, ESPN vice president and editor-in-chief, the Undefeated
  • Margaret Sullivan, media columnist, The Washington Post
  • Bill Adair, co-founder of Politifact and professor and director of Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
  • Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post and Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • Aaron Gilchrist, morning news anchor, NBC4 TV
  • Dan Sullivan, senior research scientist and director of “user happiness” at Google
  • Kevin Blackistone, ESPN commentator and professor at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Marriott. Register at the event website: journalisminteractive.com.