Int’l. Symposium on Online Journalism starts in Austin; new journal launched

By Dean Graber

The 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism began today at the University of Texas at Austin. More than 200 journalists, media executives, and academics are registered for the event taking place April 1-2.

The two days of discussions, which feature perspectives from industry and academic research, can be accessed via live stream here. The program is available here.

The ISOJ 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 symposium began with a surprise announcement that the ISOJ has published the first edition of #ISOJ, the official research journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism.

“I don’t know any other conference that bridges the industry world and the academic research world,” said Alves, symposium founder and chair. “I believe we’ve never needed more academic research in the history of journalism than we need now, now that things are happening so quickly.”

Alves added, "This little journal that we publish is already available for your iPhone, your Kindle, and for print on demand."

Keynote speakers at ISOJ include Vivian Schiller, former president of NPR and former general manager of NYTimes.com; Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor, CNN.com; Madanmohan Rao, editor of The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, India; and Warren Webster, president of Patch Media. Panel presentations will feature members of major media organizations from throughout the world, including BBC News, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Daily, and Mexico’s Grupo Reforma.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.