Journalist David Cohn speaks at ISOJ conference 2023.

News organizations should use a more individualized approach to reaching audiences, say ISOJ panelists

The issue of news organizations leaving Twitter and moving away from social media dependency guided the conversation with panelists on the second day of the 2023 International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). The panel discussed text messages, push alerts, newsletters and podcasts as individualized ways to reach audiences outside social media.

Members of the ISOJ panel “How to improve the coverage of the climate crisis and avoid the ‘Don’t Look Up’ scenario” react to the ISOJ audience April 15. From left to right: the moderator John Schwartz, professor in the School of Journalism and Media at UT Austin; Manuela Andreoni, journalist at The New York Times; Darryl Fears, environmental justice reporter, The Washington Post, Vernon Loeb, executive editor, Inside Climate News, and Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, UT Austin.

Avoiding the ‘heads buried in the sand scenario’: Experts discussed effective climate change coverage in the news, fostering connection with readers

Panelists shared at ISOJ their strategies for reporting climate change and recommendations for where coverage can improve. They shared the importance of making stories more personal for readers, re-imagining storytelling, collaborating in the spread of information and promoting optimism through solutions. 

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Journalists call on organizations, lawmakers to support reporters in exile, ISOJ audience hears

Journalists who have experienced exile around the world gathered at the International Symposium of Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin on April 15 to talk about how they continue to report on their home countries and what they need from lawmakers, nonprofits, and citizens to support them.

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Content Authenticity Initiative combats photographic mis/disinformation by proving ‘what is real,’ ISOJ workshop hears

Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative fights disinformation by “proving what is real as opposed to detecting what’s false” through a model of provenance, which can show a file’s origins and edit history, Santiago Lyon, an award-winning photojournalist, told a breakfast workshop April 15 at the 24th ISOJ.

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‘We’re rebuilding journalism and that’s not going to happen overnight,’ attendees of ISOJ research breakfast told

The April 15 research breakfast panel at ISOJ chaired by Dr. Cindy Royal (Texas State University) explored research on Canadian news startups, Mexican journalism networks and collectives, how journalists can meet the challenges of the current moment, and how journalists can engage the public to rebuild trust.

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The power of Newspack: ISOJ luncheon hears how open-source technology can support independent newsrooms

In the age of digital journalism, small and medium-sized newsrooms have struggled to adjust to new systems, such as CMS, the content management system used to publish work. Open-source platforms like Newspack, launched in 2019 under Automattic with funding from the Google News Initiative, aim to address this issue.

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Opinion editors from four major U.S. newspapers discuss the future of these sections, their audiences and new formats

In the third panel on the opening day of the 24th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), writers and opinion editors from the Miami Herald, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times discuss the editorial process and the future of these op-ed sections.

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ISOJ 2023 panel, peer-reviewed journal highlight research in quoting, parasocial relationships in podcasts, philanthropic support of BIPOC news startups and more

Five peer-reviewed research papers were selected for the Spring 2023 #ISOJ Journal and the authors were invited to present their findings at the 24th International Symposium on Online Journalism conference April 14. 

Mar Cabra, co-founder, The Self-Investigation, talks during a lunch-workshop in ISOJ 2023.

Pulitzer Prize winner discusses mental health concerns and resources for journalists during ISOJ lunch workshop

Reporter and founder of The Self Investigation, a foundation aimed at improving the mental health of journalists globally, Mar Cabra spoke about the rising rates of anxiety and depression in the media and what newsrooms can do to combat it.

Australian mobile journalist Yusuf Omar speaks at ISOJ conference 2023.

Augmented reality will help people worldwide turn into journalists, Seen.tv co-founder tells ISOJ crowd

During an ISOJ 2023 keynote, Yusuf Omar described how the future of journalism is in the palm of our hands–and in our faces. Explaining how his video publishing company, Seen.tv, became a journalism training ground for a 7 million subscriber news service, Omar said that as more people and brands engage with Augmented Reality interfaces, so, too, will news organizations.