Journalists, Scholars from Around the Globe to Discuss State of Online Journalism, April 17-18

March 23, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalists, news industry executives and academics from the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America will be on The University of Texas at Austin campus to discuss the state of online journalism today and debate what the future holds at the 10th International Symposium on Online Journalism April 17-18.

The annual symposium has been organized by the Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication program since 1999. This year, it will examine the diverse business models in online journalism, application of new platforms and social networks, newsroom integration, and visual and multimedia storytelling. Scholars from more than 20 universities around the globe will present their research on changes and trends in the online journalism industry.

Paul Steiger, the former editor of The Wall Street Journal—who in 2008 founded, an innovative, non-profit investigative journalism organization financed by foundations—will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include representatives of ABC News, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

University of Texas at Austin journalism students will cover the symposium and post updates throughout the day to the International Symposium on Online Journalism Web site. This site is a rich repository of information on the evolution of online journalism during the last decade, with transcripts, videos and research papers of all previous symposia.

The symposium is free, but registration is required at and there is a limited number of seats open. The event will take place in the Avaya Auditorium (ACES 2.302 building) on The University of Texas at Austin campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17 and 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. April 18. For more information, contact the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at 512-471-1391 or

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071.

1 Comment to "Journalists, Scholars from Around the Globe to Discuss State of Online Journalism, April 17-18"

1.  Alan Kania said on March 23, 2009

It will be newsworthy when journalists, academics and others actually do something other than meeting in hand-wringing sessions that bemoan the loss of journalism. Instead of promoting the so-called "convergence" fiasco, blogs as a facade of journalism or the screwball concept of "citizen journalists"--journalists and their corporate owners need to re-evaluate the real purpose of journalism and then develop a convincing product that will earn back the reputation we once enjoyed.