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Journalism Interactive Promises Real-World, Hands-On Training

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.

New Knight Chair Dana Priest Will Focus on National Security Issues


Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest will be the third Knight Chair at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Click on the photo to download a larger copy.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Washington Post investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Priest will become the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, announced Dean Lucy Dalglish.

“Dana Priest brings incredible vision, energy and knowledge to Merrill College as our next Knight Chair,” said Dalglish. “We know she will make a difference  as we work to establish the University of Maryland as a premier training ground for students and professional journalists focused on covering global intelligence matters. Dana brings to Knight Hall unquestioned mastery of issues related to national security. We are thrilled Dana has agreed to join us and know she will be an outstanding addition to the Merrill College faculty.”

As it has been at the Post, Priest’s focus in Knight Hall will continue to be on global security issues increasingly important in a digital world. The tenured position – formerly held by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson and journalist Hodding Carter III – will provide a unique opportunity to help the profession and journalism education define the future of national security journalism.

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Haynes Johnson – An Appreciation from the Knight Foundation

Thanks to Eric Newton at the Knight Foundation for letting us reprint his wonderful appreciation of our beloved colleague, Haynes Johnson.

haynes-johnsonAn appreciation of Haynes Johnson by Eric Newton, Knight Foundation’s senior adviser to the president.

Johnson, a legendary political reporter who spent the past 15 years of his long career as the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland, died Friday, May 24, 2013.

Haynes was not just the best of the old school but of any school, a shoe-leather reporter before most of today’s reporters were born, a giant in political journalism whose work shaped the nation, a devoted teacher who went out the way he wanted to, working to the end.

He was a Washington Post powerhouse, a frequent best-selling author, a TV analyst and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his civil rights coverage. But in the decade I worked with him, I never heard anyone call him anything but Haynes.  His work took him to the top of America. But he was always down-to-earth.

This week was no exception. Not quite 82 years old, he finished the semester at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. On Monday, he went to graduation ceremonies. But by Friday he was dead.

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