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

Wednesday, October 29:     5-6:30 p.m. reception in Palmer Room 100A.
Thursday, October 30:         Half day beginning in the morning (time TBA) in Fred W. Smith Forum.

Positive changes are popping up across the journalism education landscape as more teachers and professors find ways to break ground with new technologies, content, strategies and ideas. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute will showcase some of the  initiatives in October at an event that will include a discussion of version 2.0 of Eric Newton’s digital journalism book, “Searchlights and Sunglasses.” The book launched in 2013 as part of Newton's 2013-2014 Reynolds Fellowship.

Newton, senior adviser to the President at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be available talk about his book at a reception the evening of Oct. 29. Katy Culver, journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and curator of the popular EducationShift site will discuss some of the new tools in the book on Oct. 30 and a number of other trailblazers will be on hand to provide updates on their green shoots.

We’ll continue to update the list of presenters here, so check back.

Register now to attend in person. There is no cost to register. Can't make it? Sign up to watch the live streamed sessions. 

Katy Culver will highlight new tools in the updated version of "Searchlights and Sunglasses"

Katy Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and the effects of boundary-free communication on free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and education curator for PBS MediaShift.



Diane McFarlin will discuss The Innovators Series

Diane McFarlin is dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She began her journalism career in high school and took a reporting job in Sarasota, Florida, after earning her degree at UF. McFarlin rose through the ranks to become managing editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune at 30. She was named executive editor of The Gainesville Sun three years later and then returned to the Herald-Tribune, serving as executive editor for a decade and publisher for 13 years. Under her leadership, the Herald-Tribune Media Group, the largest media company in southwest Florida, was touted as an industry leader in media convergence and digital innovation.

About The Innovators Series:

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has launched The Innovators Series, a project that engages thought leaders who are developing breakthrough ideas in media. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is supporting the speaker series, which kicked off this fall with Mark Little, founder of Storyful. Six speakers will take part in the series, which will focus on media innovation and new ways of communicating.

Miranda Mulligan will discuss the Northwestern University Knight Lab

Miranda Mulligan is a journalist, designer and digital strategist. Based in Chicago, she's now with Northwestern University Knight Lab. Formerly the digital design director at The Boston Globe, Mulligan has focused most of her attention to the intersection of content and technology for the past decade. Find her @jmm.

About the Northwestern University Knight Lab:

Northwestern University Knight Lab advances news media innovation through exploration, experimentation and education. The lab's projects range from professionally developed tools and products used by newsrooms around the world to experimental prototypes that push the boundaries of media technology. All Knight Lab tools are free to use and open source. Be sure to check out TimelineJSStoryMapJS and SnapMapSoundCiteJS, and the brand new tool for comparisons JuxtaposeJS.

Irving Washington will talk about the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education

Irving Washington is director of operations for the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. He is responsible for directing the overall business operations of the organization, managing the annual conference, and overseeing programmatic objectives for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. As a media diversity advocate, Washington has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals and students nationwide. Washington serves on the Journalism Alumni Society board of directors of his alma mater, Ball State University, from which he received his degree in journalism. Reach him at irving@journalists.org or @IrvWashington3.

About the Challenge Fund:

The goal of the $1 million Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education is to hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model. The fund supports universities to partner with news organizations, and explore new ways of providing information to their local communities.

ONA has partnered with the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation to launch this $1 million challenge over two years.

DeWayne Wickham and Jackie Jones will discuss the urban digital journalism program at the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication

DeWayne Wickham is the founding dean of Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism & Communication. He began his journalism career in 1973, during the Watergate scandal that forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon. That introduction to the rough and tumble interplay between journalism and American politics has shaped his career. In his four decades as a journalist, Wickham has reported on eight U.S. presidents, dined with Fidel Castro in Havana, accompanied Jean Bertrand Aristide on his return to Haiti from exile, traveled with Nelson Mandela on his eight-city tour of the United States following his release from a South Africa prison, and followed then-presidential candidate Barack Obama to Paris for his historic  campaign trip to the French capital.



Jackie Jones is the chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism at Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism & Communication. She began her career during senior year at George Washington University as a tape editor for Mutual Broadcasting in 1975. A veteran journalist and journalism educator, she has been a senior lecturer at Penn State, a Virginius Dabney Distinguished Professor at Virginia Commonwealth and an adjunct journalism instructor at Howard Universities. Throughout her career, she has been a reporter, editor and manager. Her newsroom stops have included the Detroit Free Press, New York Newsday, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She is a former national officer for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and she represents the NABJ on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).


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