Event Location: Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.

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Engagement. We covet it. We build structures to foster it. We measure it. How do we optimize engagement in a rapidly shifting media ecosystem? We look at metrics: Time spent, click through and bounce rates, sharing, push notifications, geo-location tagging, user generated content, and more, all to foster engagement. But who is developing the most agile and best engagement methods and models? Is it a spectrum, an end point, or an agile process? How do we take these models and apply them to our own efforts to encourage deeper and more loyal engagement? We cull together some of the media industry’s thought leaders and influencers in “Dissecting Engagement: What’s working and what’s next?”

Featured guests include:

Jeanne Brooks, Hacks/Hackers

Jeanne Brooks is a nonresidential fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Her fellowship supports the growth and sustainability of Hacks/Hackers, an international grassroots organization of journalists and technologists who use technology to visualize information and find and tell stories.

Meghann Farnsworth, The Center for Investigative Reporting 

Meghann Farnsworth is the director of distribution and engagement at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages a team dedicated to distribution, communications, online and on-the-ground engagement, outreach, and marketing for CIR content.

Dave Gehring, Guardian News & Media

Dave Gehring is global vice president of partnerships for Guardian News & Media. While reporting to London, Gehring is based in Palo Alto, California, and is focused on deepening Guardian's strategic and senior executive-level engagement with digital platforms. 

S. Mitra Kalita, Los Angeles Times

S. Mitra Kalita is the incoming managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously executive editor for Quartz and served as the site's founding ideas editor. At The Wall Street Journal, she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. 

Rami Khater, Al Jazeera

Rami Khater is the senior digital producer for The Stream and digital strategy lead for programs at Al Jazeera English.

The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television program. On television and online, The Stream taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news.

Callie Schweitzer, TIME and Time Inc.

Callie Schweitzer is the editorial director of audience strategy at TIME and Time Inc. She was previously director of digital innovation at TIME where she oversaw traffic, audience engagement, social media, newsletters, new product initiatives and content partnerships. 

Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group

Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. 

Carla Zanoni, The Wall Street Journal

Carla Zanoni, audience development director, leads audience development strategy, including social media, SEO and data analytics, for the Wall Street Journal's global newsroom. She works with editors, designers, producers and reporters around the world to increase reader engagement with the publication's digital content.

Dan Archer, Empathetic Media

Dan Archer is a graphic journalist and a 2014-2015 RJI Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. As a fellow, Archer is exploring transmedia storytelling (publishing different parts of news stories across multiple digital platforms). His visual news consultancy, Empathetic Media, will provide production services to newsrooms that don't have the in-house expertise or budget to do so for themselves. Platforms will include the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Unity game engine (for VR and Web apps), as well as interactive webdocs, multimedia graphic journalism pieces and data visualizations produced in HTML5.

Archer received a Master of Fine Arts in cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and he was awarded a 2010-2011 John S. Knight Fellowship for professional journalists at Stanford University. He has taught a graphic novel project through the creative writing department at Stanford University. His work has been published by American Public Media, Huffington Post, Poynter, The Guardian UK and other news organizations.

Jake Batsell, division of journalism Southern Methodist University

Jake Batsell is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s division of journalism in Dallas, where he teaches digital journalism and media entrepreneurship.

His book, “Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered News Audiences,” which was published in Feburary 2015, examines the changing relationship between journalists and the audiences they serve.

Batsell, previously a staff writer for The Seattle Times and The Dallas Morning News, spent the 2013-2014 academic year at The Texas Tribune in Austin as part of a Knight Foundation fellowship to research best practices in the business of digital news.

Clyde Bentley, print and digital news, Missouri School of Journalism

Clyde Bentley took the long route to academia. He worked in the newspaper industry for 25 years before earning his doctorate in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2000. His dissertation, which examined the impact of consumer habits on newspaper readership, grew out of his prior experiences as a reporter, photographer, copy editor and managing editor of the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Press.

He took a sabbatical from the newspaper business to get a master’s degree in journalism and management at the University of Texas in Austin in 1990. He worked as an advertising manager at the San Antonio Recorder-Times and Irving News before moving back to the Pacific Northwest, where he began working as the general manager of the daily East Oregonian in Pendleton in 1993. He moved to Eugene to begin his Ph.D. in 1997.

Bentley also received management training at the Poynter Institute and the American Press Institute before joining the Missouri School of Journalism in August 2001.

Drew Berkowitz, Wochit

Drew Berkowitz has nearly 20 years of digital media experience, insight and industry perspective. He serves as senior vice president at Wochit, leading efforts to guide publishers, journalists, brands and storytellers to elevate their content by creating custom video.

Berkowitz was most recently general manager of AOL's goviral division, leading the U.S. launch with publishers and agencies, while also integrating systems within AOL’s video department. He also served as vice president of sales and marketing at Vimeo, where he won numerous awards for creating video partnerships between brands and Vimeo's community.

Berkowitz started in the digital landscape by launching Comedy Central's website. After that, he started his own consultancy in 1999 to help other emerging digital companies strategize and execute across sales and marketing.

Berkowitz is currently writing a book titled, "Why You Won’t Read This," covering the shift in consumption of information from written word to video. Reach him on Twitter at @berkowitz68

Jeanne Brooks, Hacks/Hackers

Jeanne Brooks is a nonresidential fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Her fellowship supports the growth and sustainability of Hacks/Hackers, an international grassroots organization of journalists and technologists who use technology to visualize information and find and tell stories.

Brooks has joined as the first-ever executive director of Hacks/Hackers, which has chapters in more than 70 cities worldwide.

Chris Christian, Mather Economics

Chris Christian is a vice president for Mather Economics and joined the firm in May 2013. He is in charge of leading new business development efforts and expanding the Mather product and service portfolio.

Christian joined Mather Economics with more than 25 years of media and marketing experience. Most recently, he was VP of audience and marketing for The Kansas City Star. Throughout a 10-year period he led efforts to grow the reach of all print and digital products for The Star, while overseeing market research, negotiating advertising promotional agreements and steering company marketing initiatives.

His marketing background also includes a five-year stint as the director of sales and marketing for Research and Marketing Solutions (RAMS), a company that performed a wide variety of inbound/outbound teleservices.

Christian has held corporate or market leadership positions with Dow Jones, Gannett, Knight Ridder and McClatchy during his career. He has organizational committee and board contributions to Newspaper Association of America (NAA), International News Media Association (INMA), Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) and Major Metro.

Christian and his wife, Julia, reside in Kansas City. They have a daughter, Erica, and a son, Christopher.

Chase Davis, The New York Times

Chase Davis is a deputy editor for interactive news at The New York Times, where he supervises the team's efforts around breaking news, enterprise and tentpole events such as the Olympic Games and elections.

He led the data journalism and Web development teams at the Center for Investigative Reporting and worked as an investigative reporter in California, Iowa and Texas. As a consultant, he helped build and launch The Texas Tribune.

He is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, where he has taught (remotely) as an adjunct professor since 2013.

Kevin Dubouis, AJ+

Kevin Dubouis is an engagement producer at AJ+, a new multi-platform channel targeted at a younger generation of digital natives. In his role, Dubouis produces international and national stories for the mobile app, helps distribute content across various online platforms, and experiments with new ways to build local and global communities around AJ+ content.

Prior to joining AJ+ in San Francisco, Dubouis was a fellow at Al Jazeera English in New York City and interned with Al Jazeera America's flagship show, America Tonight, in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he was awarded the White House Correspondents' Association scholarship while completing his master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. In 2013, he spent three months in Mumbai, India, working for Daily News and Analysis and conducting research on Indian journalism for his master's project.

Originally from France, Dubouis received his bachelor's degree in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies before he moved to the United States.

Justin Ellis, Nieman Journalism Lab

Justin Ellis is a writer at the Nieman Journalism Lab, which is part of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. At the Nieman Lab, Ellis writes about how companies like The New York Times, The Texas Tribune and Vox Media are shaping the future of media.

He has delivered talks about online media at SXSW Interactive, the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Media Impact Funders.

Ellis is an advisory committee member for Kaiser Health News and has served as a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from Minnesota, Ellis is an alumnus of the University of Missouri and currently lives in the Boston area.

Meghann Farnsworth, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Meghann Farnsworth is the director of distribution and engagement at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages a team dedicated to distribution, communications, online and on-the-ground engagement, outreach, and marketing for CIR content.

Previously, Farnsworth was the senior digital media manager at Home Front Communications in Washington, D.C., where she worked in digital media management, interactive development and outreach for nonprofit and government clients. She also served as the associate editor of forums at PBS NewsHour where she created interactive online forums that helped grow and engage the NewsHour's online audience.

She has presented at a number of conferences including SXSW, the Online News Association, Logan Symposium, Knight Digital Media Center, LearningLab 2013, Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and others.

She earned her master's degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley, in 2007 and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in 2003.

Annie Fox, Chartbeat

Annie Fox is Chartbeat's product owner of content, which really just means she dreams up tools that make sure the Internet is full of only the most quality content—a place we all want to hang out.

Before joining Chartbeat, Fox worked in publishing for 12 years—first as a writer, then editor and finally as the director of programming at Hearst Digital Media.

Kim Garretson, Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson has co-founded three digital agencies, two of which are now owned by the global holding companies Interpublic Group and Publicis. He recently sold his equity in Ovative Group, a boutique digital consulting firm in Minneapolis.

Previously, Garretson was Best Buy's head of emerging media where he created original content marketing initiatives for the retailer and was the company’s liaison to the venture capital industry. He also was a 2013-2014 RJI Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

With the speed of innovation emerging from startup company ecosystems, including the venture capital industry, corporations in media and advertising-related businesses need better platforms and tools for connecting with the best startups for their innovation initiatives. Garretson's consulting practice is focused on developing services for media and advertising companies to address this need.

Dave Gehring, Guardian News & Media

Dave Gehring is global vice president of partnerships for Guardian News & Media. While reporting to London, Gehring is based in Palo Alto, California, and is focused on deepening Guardian's strategic and senior executive-level engagement with digital platforms. Additionally, Gehring is tasked with engaging in the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities of Silicon Valley to ensure Guardian's London, New York and Sydney operations are kept aware of innovations as they bubble up from the source.

Previously, Gehring worked at Google, where he focused on news media partnerships and strategy. He managed news media partnerships for YouTube and then moved into a strategy team at Google, focused on ensuring business development alignment across Google's product areas.

Gehring is motivated by a personal commitment to play a role in establishing a viable economic framework to support journalism in the digital economy.

David Germano, Magnetic Content Studios, Empower MediaMarketing

David Germano is the vice president of content marketing and managing director of Magnetic Content Studios, a division of Cincinnati-based Empower MediaMarketing, focused on sustained content marketing. For more than 15 years Germano has helped brands develop and operationalize content marketing strategies that drive meaningful audience engagement.

Germano joined Empower MediaMarketing and launched the content studios in 2011 directly from his previous role as the general manager of ManoftheHouse.com, a joint venture between BBDO’s Proximity and Procter & Gamble Entertainment.

An early adopter of content marketing, Germano has helped numerous brand marketers develop content marketing strategies that help brands sustain marketing innovation and deliver business results.

Tim Griggs, The Texas Tribune

Tim Griggs is the publisher and chief operating officer of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that covers state politics and public policy.

Prior to joining the Tribune, Griggs worked for The New York Times Company for 15 years, where he held several posts. He most recently served as executive director of cross-platform monetization, where he was responsible for revenue-generating products across The Times’s digital platforms (Web, tablet, smartphone, email, games and video) and led teams responsible for the company’s pay model, as well as email, e-commerce and digital advertising products.

Griggs spent most of his career as a journalist, holding a variety of newsroom leadership positions, including executive editor of the Star-News in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he helped make an early transition from print to digital. In 2008, Griggs joined The New York Times as director of strategic planning, where he led projects such as its partnership with nonprofit news organizations across the country. In 2011, he was named director of paid products, where he grew The Times's subscription base to more than 800,000 paid digital-only subscribers.

Griggs is an alumnus of Virginia Tech and holds an executive MBA from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a board member of the Investigative News Network, a project leader for The Texas Tribune's RJI Fellowship (studying the application of growth hacking for digital news audience growth), a 2013 Knight Foundation-funded fellow (investigating business models for nonprofit news organizations), and a 2010 fellow at the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia Journalism School. In 2003, he was named one of Presstime Magazine’s “20 Under 40” industry achievers. Griggs is also a sleep-deprived new father and a competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner.

Victor Hernandez, digital news futurist

Victor Hernandez is a digital journalism strategist and new media thought leader with keen eyes and full attention toward the big picture of tomorrow’s rapidly changing media landscape.

Currently collaborating closely with news media startups on strategic initiatives and product development, Hernandez recently left CNN after 12 years, working extensively within both news editorial leadership ranks and product technology areas. Prior to CNN, he worked at local broadcast newsrooms in California.

He brings proven background and perspective for compelling storytelling at the intersection of new technologies and innovation. Hernandez is a gifted digital journalism trainer and presenter with top-notch professional organizations including Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

He lives in San Diego with his wife and Hank, their English Bulldog.

Sarah Hill, Veterans United

Sarah Hill is the chief storyteller for Veterans United where she’s experimenting with see-commerce (virtual eye contact) to increase brand trust. As a webcaster, Hill uses live streaming and wearable technology to try to develop closer relationships with people.

Hill is a 12-time Emmy award-winning storyteller who was the first journalist to use a Google+ Hangout on TV. She was one of the first broadcasters to use Google Glass.

S. Mitra Kalita, Quartz

S. Mitra Kalita is the incoming managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously executive editor for Quartz and served as the site's founding ideas editor. At The Wall Street Journal, she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for The Washington Post, Newsday and The Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, (notably "Suburban Sahibs: Three immigrant families and their passage from India to America") and has studied seven languages (but only speaks four of them half decently). She has taught journalism at St. John's, UMass-Amherst, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. She is currently working on book about school choice through the Spencer Fellowship. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She lives (and eats) in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with her artist husband, two daughters and one mutt. She tweets @mitrakalita and her website is www.mitrakalita.com.

Jason Kelly, Bloomberg News

Jason Kelly is a reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News and the host of Bloomberg's global economic summit series. During more than 12 years at Bloomberg, he has contributed to all of the company's media platforms, including Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets magazine.

His 2012 book, “The New Tycoons,” is considered the seminal work on the private equity business and was the product of five years leading Bloomberg's coverage of that industry. He is currently working on a new book about the business of fitness, to be published this year by John Wiley & Sons.

Kelly is an alumnus of Georgetown University and lives with his wife and three sons in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where he serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Writers Center.

Asif Khan, Location Based Marketing Association

A proud Canadian, Asif Khan is a renowned global speaker, author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently focused on working as a consultant and venture capitalist to the location-based marketing services community. In support of this, Khan recently formed the Location Based Marketing Association, an international group dedicated to research and education in the space.

Prior to launching the LBMA, Khan built four startups and worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, BestBuy, American Airlines, Cineplex Entertainment, ING Bank, Vroom & Dreesman and L’Oreal. You can catch Khan’s weekly video podcast, This Week In Location-Based Marketing.

An avid technology evangelist, Khan also holds a degree in economics and management sciences from the University of Waterloo, is a adjunct professor at Penn State University and can be found on Twitter at @AsifRKhan.

Rami Khater, Al Jazeera

Rami Khater is the senior digital producer for The Stream and digital strategy lead for programs at Al Jazeera English.

The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television program. On television and online, The Stream taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news. The Stream is an aggregator of online sources and discussion, seeking out unheard voices and new perspectives from people on the ground, uncovering untold angles related to the most compelling stories of the day.

In his role, Khater oversees social and digital elements, research and development, sources stories from Twitter, Facebook, and other outlets, and continuously engages with The Stream’s online community.

Khater is at the intersection of technology policy, media, international affairs, big data, cybersecurity and computer science.

Matt Lindsay, Mather Economics

Matt Lindsay is the president of Mather Economics. Lindsay founded Mather Economics in 2002 following four years at Arthur Andersen where he was in their pricing strategy practice, and five years at United Parcel Service where he was an economist in their economics analysis group.

Lindsay has worked with hundreds of publishers around the world on yield management strategies for subscribers and advertising customers. He has also worked with a number of clients in industries including telecommunications, hospitality, lottery, paid digital content and ecosystem services.

Lindsay has a Ph.D. in economics and more than 20 years experience in applied economics and consulting.

Kyle Luke, Newsy

Kyle Luke is the director of emerging media at Newsy. He is is responsible for contributing strategic leadership and direction to ensure Newsy's successful evolution in the digital era. He also works to identify opportunities in the new media ecosystem where Newsy can thrive and incorporate flexible, digital tactics that place Newsy ahead of the emerging trends in the industry. His work also includes overseeing a strategy that is a cornerstone of Newsy’s engagement with key audience members and stakeholders on all Web and social media platforms.

Luke helped shepherd Newsy from a startup company with a handful of employees to a thriving full-scale media organization that produces hundreds of videos per week for both Newsy and its partners. It is in that experience where he has enjoyed a front row seat to the rapid evolution in the digital space. From push notifications to YouTube comments, Luke works with a simple goal in mind — to make sure you're paying attention.

In short, he spends a lot of time on the Internet trying to figure out what people like and don't like.

Missouri-born, Texas-raised and now a Missouri grown up, Luke is an alumnus of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Chad Martin, VML

In his role at VML, Chad Martin leads the team that develops social strategy, content for platforms and community management for major brands including Sprint, Wendy’s, Gatorade, Kleenex and Major League Baseball Players Association.

Prior to VML, Martin worked with and developed social efforts for Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, WWE, UFC, Hilton Hotels, Doubletree Hotels and FOX Sports at Digital Royalty.

Martin has developed a specific strategy for brands beginning with business objectives and working thorough all parts of social from developing the voice, to content creation, to community engagement and then to measurement.

Social media efforts at VML have won brand teams many awards including Cannes Gold Lions and have even been credited for raising stock prices.

Martin is currently the project leader for VML's institutional fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Joy Mayer, Missouri School of Journalism and Columbia Missourian

Joy Mayer is the director of community outreach at the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work focuses on the continually evolving notion of community engagement in journalism and on what it means to make the news more social. She was a 2010-2011 RJI Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she did a survey of 500 newspaper editors' views on engagement, held a seminar on measuring the success of engagement efforts, and published a newsroom discussion guide for community engagement. Mayer teaches classes in participatory journalism and has previously taught multimedia design and print design.

Dresden McBride, Gannett Digital

Dresden McBride joined Gannett Digital in 2012. She is director of the information architecture and usability team, responsible for user insights, user testing, information hierarchy and user interface design across mobile and desktop products. McBride and her team bring sensibility and clarity to project direction by understanding user, business and development goals.

Prior to Gannett, McBride worked at K12, managing a cross-functional team of user experience architects, visual designers and content writers.

She has held a variety of roles as both an internal employee and a consultant for national companies including AOL, MassMutual, Six Flags, Sonic and VetStreet/VetLearn. Dresden has a degree in art with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in advertising.

Jigar Mehta, AJ+

Jigar Mehta is a digital entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and journalist. He works at the intersection of media, technology and innovation.

Mehta is currently the head of engagement at AJ+, a recently launched digital-only news channel, headquartered in San Francisco, California. AJ+ highlights human struggles and achievements, empowers impassioned voices, and challenges the status quo. AJ+ strives to make the voice of the voiceless heard in a brazen way that delivers a refreshing perspective on current events and prompts action.

He is a founding team member of Matter Ventures, a start-up accelerator and early stage venture capital firm that supports and invests in media entrepreneurs, building ventures that make society more informed, connected and empowered.

Prior to joining Matter, he co-founded Groupstream, a collaborative storytelling platform. It is a startup that grew out of the acclaimed native Web documentary project, “18 Days in Egypt”, supported by The Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund and The Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab.

Mehta was a 2010 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Before Stanford, Mehta was a reporter and video journalist for The New York Times. Mehta has a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tony Messenger has been the editorial page editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since July 2012. He joined the Post-Dispatch in 2008 as a capitol correspondent and political columnist in Jefferson City, Missouri. He joined the editorial page staff as a writer in 2011.

Previously, Messenger was editorial page editor at the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader for two years and city editor and metro columnist at the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune from 1999 to 2006. He is a board member of the Association of Opinion Journalists.

In 2014, Messenger won two top national awards for his editorial writing, the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership presented by the American Society of News Editors, and the Walker Stone editorial writing award presented by the Scripps-Howard Foundation. He also won top editorial of the year from the Missouri Press Association.

Miranda Mulligan, National Geographic

Miranda Mulligan is a journalist, designer and digital strategist. Based in Washington D.C., she is now creative director with National Geographic. Recently, she worked at Northwestern University Knight Lab as executive director and she was the digital design director at The Boston Globe. In 2011, she led the responsive design approach to BostonGlobe.com. She is co-founder of #SNDMakes, the Society for News Design's prototyping event. Miranda cares deeply about designing for the user and has focused her attention to the intersection of content and technology for the past decade. Follow her on Twitter at @jmm.

Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation

Jennifer Preston is the vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

Preston joined the Knight Foundation last fall after nearly two decades at The New York Times, where she held various positions, including the newsroom’s first social media editor.

A veteran journalist, she spent most of her career in New York City as a reporter, senior editor and digital newsroom pioneer. Just before leaving The Times, she helped launch the real-time, curated news feature, Watching, on the homepage of nytimes.com. At the Times, she also helped advance a new form of digital storytelling on The Lede, combining video, images and user-generated content from social media platforms with original reporting.

Before joining The New York Times, Preston worked for more than a decade at New York Newsday as City Hall bureau chief, deputy metropolitan editor, and circulation marketing manager. She also previously worked at The Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin.

Preston is an alumna of Boston University. She has been married for more than 25 years to Christopher Conway, an op-ed editor at The New York Times. They are the proud parents of 22-year-old twins. Follow Preston on Twitter at @jenniferpreston.

Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

Kelsey Proud is the engagement editor at St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis’ NPR member station. She earned a convergence journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and is currently the project leader for St. Louis Public Radio’s institutional fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Previously, Proud spent time at PBS Interactive in Washington, D.C. and MSN UK News in London. She feels journalism is truly a public service and hopes her work enhances community and reaches those who need information the most.

Though she's "from" Chicago, Proud has also lived in several different regions of the United States, including North Carolina, Ohio and New Mexico. She is a wannabe chef and globe trekker, former competitive golfer and band-ie (trumpet). Proud lives in St. Louis with her husband and a very cute wheaten terrier named Duke.

Zahra Rasool, Gistory

Zahra Rasool is a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is also the executive director and founder of Gistory, an Internet startup that aims to provide complete, concise and contextual news briefs on an interactive world map. Rasool started Gistory while she was working on her master’s degree. The startup is partly funded by the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Rasool is working on a documentary about women in rural India who are striving to bring about change in their local communities. She received the $12,000 O.O. McIntyre Fellowship, which is the highest postgraduate award given by the Missouri School of Journalism to work on her film. Prior to founding Gistory, she spent nine months with Al Jazeera English in Washington D.C. as an intern and fellow.

Rasool is originally from Mumbai, India.

Allison Rockey, Vox.com

Allison Rockey is the engagement editor at Vox.com. She works with journalists to create content that is successful on social. That ranges from sharing social media best practices across the staff to one-on-one refinement of stories and beats. She also oversees the Vox social channels and community engagement on the site.

Prior to Vox, Rockey was the director of social media at Blue State Digital. In her nearly five years at BSD, Rockey created digital fundraising and engagement campaigns for nonprofits, brands and advocacy organizations ranging from the American Red Cross to Ford Motor Company and the Green Bay Packers.

Bob Rose, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bob Rose is the deputy managing editor for digital news at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and is the co-chair of Lee Enterprises' Online News Advisory Group. Rose’s team at the Post-Dispatch has been recognized nationally for innovation in online storytelling. The most recent honors included an industry-leading four EPPY awards from Editor and Publisher.

Rose is a 1983 University of Missouri graduate. He was a sports editor for Gannett papers in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Westchester, New York. He has been at the Post-Dispatch since 1988 and became the newsrooms digital leader in 2007.

David Rose, MIT Media Lab

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information.

Rose is the CEO at Ditto Labs an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, "Enchanted Objects," focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Prior to Ditto, Rose founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens and Express Scripts. He founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology: embedding Internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors and umbrellas.

Rose holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, WIRED, The Economist and parodied on the Colbert Report.

Andy Sareyan, Andrews McMeel Universal

Andy Sareyan is president and CEO of Andrews McMeel Universal, the world's largest content syndicate, a leading publisher and producer of pop culture content.

Sareyan is one of the country’s most experienced media executives and has an extensive background in building and leading national brands. Prior to joining Andrews McMeel Universal, he was president of the National Journal Group, and before that he spent five years at the Meredith Corporation where he was chief brand officer and president of consumer brands.

Before joining Meredith Corporation, Sareyan spent 18 years at Time Inc. where he held a number of leadership positions. He served as president of Entertainment Weekly, president of The Parenting Group, founding publisher of Real Simple, and vice president and associate publisher at InStyle.

Sareyan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and an master’s degree from Stanford Business School.

Kent Schacht, Mather Economics

Kent Schacht, director of digital services for Mather Economics, is a digital native with more than 15 years of experience building successful digital businesses for several of the world’s biggest media companies. Based in New York, Schacht leads Mather Economics clients in defining digital subscription strategy efforts, developing digital products and acquiring subscribers. He also assists in developing advertising strategies to monetize digital audiences.

Most recently, he led ESPN Insider, the largest sports subscription product of its kind, in defining product, platform and marketing strategy, and ultimately doubling its subscription base.

Prior to his success with ESPN Insider, Schacht led digital efforts for NBC Universal’s Weather Plus project, developing product strategy and negotiating with affiliate groups to expand digital distribution. He was also instrumental in building MSNBC’s broadcast-to-digital integration strategy.

Schacht began his NBC career with NBCOlympics.com, building digital product and audience development strategy, while leading teams at four different Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004 and Torino 2006).

He was also one of the first employees of SportsBusiness Daily and worked as a reporter for MLB Advanced Media.

Schacht holds a master’s degree in marketing communications from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

Callie Schweitzer, TIME and Time Inc.

Callie Schweitzer is the editorial director of audience strategy at TIME and Time Inc. She was previously director of digital innovation at TIME where she oversaw traffic, audience engagement, social media, newsletters, new product initiatives and content partnerships. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post, People magazine, The Daily Muse, L.A.’s Neon Tommy and more. She was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Media” in December 2012 and 2013. TIME magazine named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the “30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30” in 2013. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's global shapers.

Jaci Smith, APG Media of Southern Minnesota

Jaci Smith began her career as a copy editor at the Racine (Wis.) Journal-Times before moving over to the reporter ranks where she covered higher education, business and public safety, and spent a year and a half as an investigative reporter in New Jersey - her definition of a dream job. She was appointed night city editor at the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune in her first management job, and has been an editor/coach for more than 20 years at papers ranging in size from 5,000 to 80,000 circulation.

Smith has won awards from Minnesota, Wisconsin and New Jersey newspaper associations, and from the Minnesota, Wisconsin and the prestigious New York City Deadline Club branches of the Society of Professional Journalists.

She is currently the project manager for APG Media of Southern Minnesota’s institutional fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Lynden Steele, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lynden Steele is the director of photography at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Steele started at the paper in 2008 and worked as the features picture editor and assignments editor before becoming director of photography in 2012.

Before moving to St. Louis, Steele worked as a White House picture editor and as a photographer/picture editor for Copley newspapers in suburban Chicago. He began his career as a shooter for the Monroe Evening News after graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1994.

Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group

Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. Webbmedia Group researches near-future trends in digital media and technology, and develops business strategies to help clients engage bigger audiences and capture more market share.

Webb is a Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University. In addition, she is the co-founder of Knowledgewebb Training, a hands-on digital media training company that was incubated at Webbmedia Group. She is also the co-founder of Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society.

In 2013, Webb published “Data, A Love Story” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about data has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and has been translated into 31 languages. Connect with her on Twitter at @webbmedia or Facebook.

Kim Wilson, SocialNewsDesk

Kim Wilson founded SocialNewsDesk (SND) in 2010 after working as an executive producer in local TV news for about 10 years. She created the SND platform with the needs of a newsroom in mind.

Today, more than 600 newsrooms and 15,000 journalists use SND to post, moderate and monetize social media, and her company was recently acquired by Graham Media Group. She remains at the helm of the company as CEO and president.

Wilson regularly speaks to news organizations and industry groups about social media strategy and has contributed to several popular social media blogs including Mashable, Social Media Monthly, LostRemote and her own, KimWilson.com. She has served as a member of the University of Florida’s Advisory Council to the College of Journalism since 2004 and has served in the University’s telecommunications department as an adjunct lecturer.

Carla Zanoni, The Wall Street Journal

Carla Zanoni, audience development director, leads audience development strategy, including social media, SEO and data analytics, for The Wall Street Journal's global newsroom. She works with editors, designers, producers and reporters around the world to increase reader engagement with the publication's digital content.

Before coming to The Wall Street Journal, Zanoni led national digital and social strategy at DNAinfo.com and worked as a metro reporter for more than a decade in New York City, writing for numerous city-wide publications, including The New York Times.

Born in Argentina and raised in New Jersey, Zanoni is an alumna of Columbia University School of Journalism. She started her journalism career as a freelance reporter, and also helped start City Hall (now called City and State), the first weekly newspaper dedicated to New York City politics. She then founded a successful hyperlocal blog, learning how to quickly build a community on social media.

She received four awards while covering New York City since 2001, including an award from the New York Press Association for a two-part series on street prostitution and another from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for her coverage on Occupy Wall Street.

She is currently the social media chair for the Newswomen's Club of New York and is a regular panel moderator and public speaker, appearing on Fox News, C-Span, NBC, and WNYC. Her specialties include social media, audience growth, community building and digital publishing.

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  • Kelsey Allen, strategic communications associate, University of Missouri 
  • Dan Archer, Reynolds Fellow, Empathetic Media 
  • Jake Batsell, assistant professor, Southern Methodist University
  • Clyde Bentley, associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Drew Berkowitz, senior vice president, Wochit
  • Bridgit Bowden, reporter, Kansas City Public Television
  • Jeanne Brooks, executive director, Hacks/Hackers
  • Eric Bure, engagement editor, The Courier-Journal
  • Nathan Byrne, director of content strategy, Newsy 
  • Glen T. Cameron, president, Treepple Tailored Health News LLC.
  • Chris Christian, vice president, Mather Economics
  • Ara Clark, assistant director, MU Marketing & Communications 
  • Laura Clark, senior vice president, Frank N Magid Associates
  • Caitlin Cress, reporter, Kansas City Public Television
  • Angela Dahman, Student Affairs communications manager, University of Missouri 
  • Matt DeRienzo, editor and newsroom consultant, self-employed
  • Justin Ellis, staff writer, Nieman Journalism Lab
  • Meghann Farnsworth, director of distribution and engagement, The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Jim Flink, assistant professor of strategic communication, University of Missouri
  • Lindsey Foat, reporter/community engagement producer, Kansas City Public Television
  • Sara Galer, executive producer of digital content, WTHR-TV 
  • Kim Garretson, director, Realizing Innovation
  • Carrie Gartner, director of Communications, MU Health System
  • Ryan Gavin, social media manager, University of Missouri
  • David Gehring, VP partnerships, Guardian News & Media
  • Linda Geist, senior information specialist, University of Missouri Extension
  • Laura Gerding, strategic communications associate, MU Health Care
  • David Germano, VP content marketing, Magnetic Content Studios
  • Ron Green, consultant, Mizzou Advantage - Media of the Future
  • Tim Griggs, publisher and COO, The Texas Tribune
  • Velvet Hasner, strategic communications associate, MU Health System
  • Jean Hays, investigations editor, Wichita Eagle
  • Betsy Heck, creative strategist, Blackhawk Engagement Solutions 
  • Jennifer Hemmingsen, opinion editor, The Gazette
  • Victor Hernandez, digital news futurist, self
  • Sarah Hill, chief storyteller, Veterans United
  • Jack Howard, health reporter, KBIA
  • Kathryn Janicek, VP of news , TouchVision
  • Debbie Johnson, audio producer/director, Cooperative Media Group
  • Mitra Kalita, executive editor, Quartz-Atlantic Media
  • Jason Kelly, writer, Bloomberg
  • Anne Kettenbrink, publications coordinator, University of Missouri Health System
  • Rami Khater, senior digital producer, Al Jazeera
  • Sarah Kohnle, managing editor, Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Brian Kratzer, director of photography, Columbia Missourian
  • Lynda Kraxberger, associate dean for undergraduate studies, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Zack Kucharski, executive editor, The Gazette
  • Matt Lindsay, president, Mather Economics
  • Kyle Luke, director of emerging media, Newsy 
  • Marti Majino, digital marketing manager, Blackhawk Network 
  • Chad Martin, director, Social and Emerging Media, VML 
  • Joy Mayer, assoc. professor / director of community outreach, MU / Columbia Missourian
  • Dresden McBride, director, Information Architecture and Usability, Gannett
  • Mike McKean, Futures Lab director, Reynolds Journalism Institute 
  • Tony Messenger, editorial page editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Kara Moran, communications coordinator, MIssouri State Teachers Association
  • Terry Nakagawa, founder, Queue Digital
  • Jennifer Nelson, senior information specialist, Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Quinn Pettifer, outreach and engagement, The Gazette Company
  • Rhonda Prast Rice, AME/digital, Kansas City Star 
  • Kelsey Proud, engagement editor, St. Louis Public Radio
  • Veneta Rizvic, digital product analyst , The Gazette Company
  • Bob Rose, deputy managing editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Janet Saidi, vice president, Kansas City Public Television
  • Any Sareyan, president and CEO, Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Kent Schacht, director, digital services, Mather Economics
  • Stan Schwartz, managing editor, Publishers' Auxiliary
  • Amy Simons, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Alice Sky, senior digital news specialist, McClatchy Interactive
  • DeAnn Smith, digital content manager, KCTV5
  • Jaci Smith, native advertising coordinator, APG Media of Southern Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Stephens, assistant professor/news editor, University of Missouri/Columbia Missourian
  • Reuben Stern, Futures Lab deputy director, Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Harsh Taneja, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Robert Weir, director of digital development , The Columbia Missourian
  • Reve White, director of marketing, Primaris
  • Kim Wilson, president/founder, SocialNewsDesk
  • Timothy Wolff, director of digital, Cox Media Group Ohio
  • Carla Zanoni, audience development director, Wall Street Journal 


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