Journalists and Scholars from Around the World to Discuss Future of Online Journalism, April 23-24

April 5, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalists, news industry executives and academics from the United States, Europe, Africa and Latin America will review the state of online journalism today and debate what the future holds at the 11th International Symposium on Online Journalism April 23-24 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Rosental Calmon Alves, the Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, has organized the annual symposium since 1999. This year, speakers will discuss mobile news (including the use of the iPad and other tablet computers and smartphones), newspapers' strategies to survive the digital era, participatory journalism, non-profit journalism and innovative international experiences in online journalism.

The symposium bridges the academic and professional worlds by including the presentation of research papers selected in an international, highly competitive, blind review process, and by the participation of editors, producers and news organization executives from around the world.

The keynote speaker this year is Steven Kydd, executive vice-president and head of content at Demand Media, a company that uses algorithms to find topics that people want to see on the Internet, and then produces them in a massive way. It has reached more than 100 million unique users each month with stories and videos produced by more than 7,000 freelancers in an innovative way that has raised admiration and criticism alike.

Participants from more than 20 countries are expected at the symposium, including speakers from more than a dozen nations, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Norway, France, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey. The symposium also has attracted the participation of many universities, besides The University of Texas at Austin. Among others, there will be participants from Cornell, Harvard, University of Southern California, University of Oslo, University of São Paulo, University of Brussels, University of Barcelona, New York University, College of Staten Island (CUNY).

Among the panelists, Tom Bodkin, assistant managing editor and design director, The New York Times; Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Dan Gillmor, professor and director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University; Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of San Diego; James Moroney III, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News and executive vice president of A. H. Belo; Jim O'Shea, co-founder and editor, Chicago News Cooperative; John Paton, CEO, Journal Register Company; Evan Smith, CEO and editor, Texas Tribune; Eivind Thomsen, senior vice president of Norway-based Schibsted Media Group; and Ethan Zuckerman, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

The program and more information about the symposium can be found online. The Web site also contains videos, transcripts, presentations, papers and other material about the previous 10 symposia. It is a unique repository of the evolution of online journalism in the last decade that has been used by researchers from around the world.

Registration is still open. The fee is $25 for students and faculty and $50 for others, and can be paid online at the event's Web site. The symposium is made possible thanks to the Knight Chair endowment, given to the University of Texas at Austin by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation. The foundation also funds the Knight Center for Journalism in the America, a sponsor and co-organizer of the events. This year, the symposium counts on underwriting by The Dallas Morning News and the support of The University of Texas at Austin's College of College of Communication and School of Journalism.

The event will take place at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Contact the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at 512-471-1391 or online.journalism@yahoo.com for more information.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, College of Communication, (512) 475-8071; Jennifer Potter-Miller, 512-471-1391.