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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.

Journalism Interactive Conference: An Extraordinary Event.

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 10.52.07 AMCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Journalism Interactive Conference may be history but it will continue to have real impact going forward. The two-day conference focused on journalism education and digital media. It was held April 4-5 at the University of Maryland was hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the University of Florida, and the University of Missouri.

Sessions ranged from drones to top tech trends, mobile journalism, managing change in journalism to a law clinic for journalism school editors and teachers. Attendees got to test out Google Glass, learned about innovative storytelling tools, got the latest on entrepreneurial journalism (Merrill student group Stories Beneath the Shell won the pitch contest!) and even discovered ways of using big data to find story ideas.

As Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish put it, “The Journalism Interactive conference Friday and Saturday hosted by Philip Merrill College of Journalism was extraordinary. I hope you’re as proud as I am about the caliber of the speakers, attendees and programs.”

Merrill Ph.D. student Joanna Nurmis covered the conference with her camera and came up with some great photos:

The American Journalism Review was the official news site for the conference – take a look at some of the great reporting done by our Merrill Journalists:

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Journalism Interactive Conference Looks to the Future of Digital News

JILOGOSMALLinsertCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The third annual Journalism Interactive Conference (J/i) is coming this April – with a focus on finding new ways of teaching, reporting and producing digital news.

The two-day digital media conference is set for April 4 and 5 at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in College Park.

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish says, “J/i is a great way for journalism educators and students to get involved with discovering new ways of teaching, reporting and producing digital news. We’re happy to once again host this event with our partners from the University of Florida and University of Missouri.”

Dalglish says key themes for the 2014 conference include entrepreneurship, mobile journalism, data, video and engagement. “J/i will feature more than 20 different sessions,” she says. “Speakers include leading digital media educators and top multimedia journalists from the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, NPR and other news outlets.”

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Ph.D. Graduate Lewis Gains Tenure at the University of Florida

Lewis classroomCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Professor Norm Lewis has been granted tenure at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He began his graduate program in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2004, graduating in 2007.

Professor Lewis reports he has already published 11 research articles in top peer-reviewed journals (10 of which were sole- or first-authored papers) and was awarded Teacher of the Year for the entire university (and its 3,000 full-time faculty) in 2010.

He says he’s glad to add to the list of Maryland doctoral graduates who have received tenure at Research 1 universities: “Maryland’s terrific faculty helped me grow from a practitioner to a scholar by showing me how to apply social science methods to empirical research while remaining firmly rooted in the craft of journalism. Thanks to Maryland, I love to both teach journalism and study it.”


Merrill Experts Discuss Challenges in the Digital Age

Note: Some content provided by the Journalism Interactive 2013 website and Gary Green.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Faculty from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism traveled to Florida in February for the second Journalism Interactive Conference – designed for educators, journalists, scholars and students to explore how journalism schools are meeting the challenge of the digital age. The focus was specifically on Data, Design, Mobile and Participation.

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The Merrill College and University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications formed a partnership last year to rotate the conference every other year between the two schools. The first Journalism Interactive event was held in College Park in 2011 and it will return to campus in 2014.

At the time the partnership was announced, Merrill College Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “We created the conference in 2011 with the aim of improving journalism education by fostering dialogue about new ways of teaching digital media and we are pleased to partner with UF in continuing these discussions in 2013.”

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