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Today’s media companies are using collaboration as a way to stay ahead of rapid change. Efficient organizations understand their core capabilities, and what lies outside their expertise. Some are bartering core competencies in exchange for skills or products; others share technology, storytelling platforms and audience-facing insights.  

A new “collaboration culture” is emerging and collaboration is becoming the go-to strategy to make things work in the media industries. Join us for this can’t-miss opportunity to hear from the organizations leading the way in the collaborative space.

Share what’s working. 

Discuss barriers to success. 

Engage in deep conversations. 

Learn the skills of pivoting your organization. 

Collaborate on collaboration.

 

Speakers Include

Nicholas Whitaker, The News Lab at Google

Before joining Google in 2010, Nicholas Whitaker spent the previous decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media. Whitaker was also a professor at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and Marymount Manhattan College, teaching courses in video production, new media and media theory. Today he travels the world with the News Lab at Google, training journalists to use digital tools for modern storytelling.

 

 

Lewis D'Vorkin, Forbes Media

Lewis D’Vorkin is Forbes Media’s chief product officer, responsible for the company’s digital and print platforms, including Forbes.com, Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife, ForbesLife.com, mobile apps and video. All product, editorial and design operations report to D’Vorkin. A seasoned journalist and entrepreneur, D’Vorkin was founder and CEO of True/Slant, an original content digital news network that Forbes Media invested in and acquired in 2010.

 

 

Corey Ford, Matter

Corey Ford is the co-founder and managing partner of Matter, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building scalable media ventures that create a more informed, connected and empowered society. Matter invests seed capital and provides intensive support through a human-centered, prototype-driven startup accelerator in San Francisco. Prior to Matter, Ford built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors

 

 

Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic

Kristina Halvorson is widely recognized as one of the most important voices in content strategy. She is the CEO of Brain Traffic, the co-author of "Content Strategy for the Web" and the founder of the Confab content strategy conferences. Halvorson's work focuses on the complex processes, people, and policies that create the foundation for extraordinary, sustainable content.

 

 

 

Khari Johnson, Through the Cracks

Khari Johnson is a staunch believer in journalism, community, entrepreneurship and bringing underreported stories to light. He’s founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism, a news website that monitors crowdfunding platforms to share stories that enable reporters and storytellers. Through the Cracks is a social enterprise whose coverage is equal parts media entrepreneurship, impact and crowdfunding best practices. Johnson has built or helped build news startups for the past decade. He is a reporter at news startup and event company NewCo.

 

 

Victor Hernandez, Banjo and RJI

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.

Hernandez is the director of media innovation at Banjo as well as an RJI Fellow, exploring the impact of wearable technologies on newsrooms. Hernandez worked extensively within both news editorial leadership ranks and product technology areas at CNN for 12 years. 

 

 

Kevin Poortinga, USA Today

Kevin Poortinga leads the USA Today Lab, a department designed to quickly incubate concepts, new businesses and new initiatives for the media network, which consists of more than 100 local news organizations and flagship USA Today. When not prototyping or experimenting, the Lab also champions an internal innovation grants program, a hybrid intrapreneurial development program and idea tournament for the company.

 

 

 

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Bill Bledsoe, Microsoft Store

Bill Bledsoe is a multi-faceted marketing, technology and ecommerce leader who has been a part of companies like Microsoft, AT&T, Brown Shoe Company/Caleres and Omnicom Group. Bledsoe serves as worldwide site operations manager for emerging devices at Microsoft Store. In that role, Bledsoe is responsible for the global online ecommerce experience of Microsoft’s emerging devices like Lumia Phone, Microsoft Band and Microsoft HoloLens. Bledsoe’s previous experience took him through the eCommerce business, strategic developer marketing, software program/product/project management, technical communication and Web development roles, and even started his career as a combination traffic reporter and golf professional!

Along the way, Bledsoe has seen many different collaboration platforms cobbled together (both technology and process-wise) and has found some key components that work well for globally distributed teams. When not busy collaborating on an hourly basis, as a proud dad, University of Missouri School of Journalism (Mizzou) graduate and “Sporto,” you'll find Bledsoe either in-route to a kid activity, gathered with other Mizzou Tiger fans in Seattle yelling “M-I-Z," or rooting for the Seahawks, Sounders or St. Louis Cardinals. Somehow between all of that Bledsoe finds time to sit on the board of directors for the Oregon Crusaders, a performance art organization based in Portland.

 

Matt Booher, Scripps Media Digital

Matt Booher brings more than 15 years of experience managing Web analytics implementations and digital marketing measurement strategies. As director of digital insights at Scripps Media Digital, Booher leads insight development for the Scripps core broadcasting digital operations and new business development teams.

Booher’s previous agency experience includes client work for respected companies such as P&G, ConAgra Foods, Fifth-Third Bank, Luxottica and Samsung. Booher’s journalism background encompasses stints at Fox Sports, HighWired Sports and DMG Information’s educational publisher Hobsons. At Hobsons, Booher served as director of product development where he leveraged analytics to optimize advertising approaches and publication strategies.

Booher founded the Cincinnati group of Web Analytics Wednesday and has served as a panelist for Online Media, Marketing and Advertising and American Marketing Association conferences. He graduated from Miami University with a degree in journalism with a focus in interactive media studies and currently teaches a course in Web and social media analytics as part of the Armstrong School for Interactive Media Studies at the university.

 

Lewis D'Vorkin, Forbes Media

Lewis D’Vorkin is Forbes Media’s chief product officer, responsible for the company’s digital and print platforms, including Forbes.com, Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife, ForbesLife.com, mobile apps and video. All product, editorial and design operations report to D’Vorkin. A seasoned journalist and entrepreneur, D’Vorkin was founder and CEO of True/Slant, an original content digital news network that Forbes Media invested in and acquired in 2010.  He was the executive editor of Forbes Magazine from 1996 to 2000. Prior to his startup, he was senior vice president of programming at AOL, where he oversaw the welcome screen, news, sports, network programming and helped launch TMZ.com. Previously, D’Vorkin was page one editor of The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at Newsweek and an editor at The New York Times.

 

David Danto, Dimension Data and Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance

David Danto has more than three decades of experience delivering successful business outcomes in media and collaboration technology for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting and academic worlds. This includes the building and managing of the world’s largest commercial Cisco Immersive TelePresence ecosystem at the time (other than within Cisco) for JP Morgan Chase; the design, implementation and operation of global video and audio conferencing facilities, television and audio/visual facilities, and digital signage solutions for Lehman Brothers; the design of TV and radio facilities for Bloomberg, including the development of their revolutionary multi-screen TV format and the design and construction of studios for PBS’ The Charlie Rose Show; the development of the Television and Media Services department for New York University, including the design and implementation of America's first urban, self-contained, multi-building university cable TV system using microwave links to cross public rights of way; and the design, management and/or support of AV, collaboration, multimedia and/or TV broadcast facilities for many organizations, including AT&T, Financial News Network, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, MTV, NBC, Rutgers University and many others. 

Danto's efforts have been recognized by the premiere industry organizations in media technology. In 2007 he was elected (and still serves) as the director of emerging technologies for the nonprofit Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance. Additionally, InfoComm International has appointed him as adjunct faculty for their educational efforts every year since 2007. 

Danto is an expert on the collaboration technology industry, frequently contributing to industry publications and presenting at industry events

 

Corey Ford, Matter

Corey Ford is the co-founder and managing partner of Matter, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building scalable media ventures that create a more informed, connected and empowered society. Matter invests seed capital and provides intensive support through a human-centered, prototype-driven startup accelerator in San Francisco. Prior to Matter, Ford built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors. He also taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University, known as the d.school. Ford began his career in public broadcasting managing the production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series "Frontline," winning an Emmy and duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned his master's degree at Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

 

Kim Garretson, Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson, 2013-2014 RJI Fellow, runs Realizing Innovation, an innovation discovery service for media, retailers and brands. He currently is advising technology companies, advertisers and media properties on intelligent triggered alerting, or permission marketing and media content as a way to counter ad blocking and declining email effectiveness.

Garretson has been a founder of three digital agencies, including what is now Arc Worldwide at Leo Burnett. He was also Best Buy's liaison to the venture capital industry, and began his career as an editor at Meredith Corporation. Garretson received his bachelor's degree in journalism in 1973.

 

David Gehring, Relay Media

David Gehring advises news media companies in Europe and the U.S with a focus on platform partnership strategy. Previously, Gehring worked for Guardian News and Media as VP of partnerships. At GNM, Gehring focused on developing and launching the Digital News Initiative with Google and seven other participating European news publishers. The goal of the DNI publisher coalition is to engage with Google on fundamental platform initiatives designed to improve the economic opportunity for quality original journalism in the digital economy.

Prior to GNM, Gehring worked at Google in various roles. In his first two years at Google, Gehring established the news vertical in the YouTube Partnerships team and worked with global news organizations to grow their video audience in YouTube and off platform. Gehring eventually transitioned to a strategy team at Google where he focused primarily on media partnerships and global alliances with a particular focus on the economics of the news industry.

 

Cole Goins, Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Cole Goins is the senior manager for engagement and community collaborations at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where he leads efforts to grow and empower Reveal's audience. Working at the intersection of journalism, art and community engagement, he develops new opportunities for collaboration between newsrooms and the public to create participatory, responsive models for journalism. Previously, Goins was the engagement editor at the Center for Public Integrity, where he led public engagement initiatives and multimedia features for award-winning investigative projects. He earned a degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he worked as music director for WXYC, the student-run radio station. He currently lives in Oakland, California.

 

Scott Gurian, previously NJ Spotlight and WNYC/NJ Public Radio

Scott Gurian is a public radio and print journalist who has spent the past three years reporting on New Jersey’s long-term Superstorm Sandy recovery for WNYC/New Jersey Public Radio and NJ Spotlight. Previously, he worked as a producer for "The Takeaway" – a daily, national news program co-produced by WNYC, Public Radio International, WGBH (Boston) and The New York Times. He also spent five years as news director at public radio station KGOU in Norman, Okla., where he covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary and political wrangling at the state capitol, to tornadoes and the annual prison rodeo. Gurian's work has taken him around the world, including to Cuba where he covered the thawing of relations between Washington and Havana, and to Haiti where he reported on how the 2010 earthquake led to the disappearance of that country’s middle class. His stories have aired on NPR, the BBC, and dozens of radio stations and programs across the country. He’s won numerous awards including an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow and a Peabody (shared with colleagues at WNYC).  He recently returned to the freelance world to pursue more foreign reporting and create a podcast.

 

John Hall, Influence & Co.

John Hall is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a company focused on helping brands and individuals extract and leverage their expertise to create, publish, and distribute content to gain influence, visibility and credibility with their key audiences. In less than four years, Hall has grown Influence & Co. into one of the largest providers of high-quality expert content to the world’s top publications, ranking number 72 on Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies in America” list and named Empact’s “Best Marketing and Advertising Company of 2014” at the United Nations. Influence & Co. was recently mentioned in Inc. as the “#1 Company Dominating Content Marketing."  

Hall was recognized by Forbes as the “#1 Keynote Speaker For Digital Trends” and was also mentioned as one of the “most authentic speakers." Techweek recently listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in tech. Hall has a weekly column for Forbes and Inc. and has contributed to more than 50 publications, including Business Insider, The Washington Post and Harvard Business Review.

 

Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic

Kristina Halvorson is widely recognized as one of the most important voices in content strategy. She is the CEO of Brain Traffic, the coauthor of "Content Strategy for the Web" and the founder of the Confab content strategy conferences. Halvorson's work focuses on the complex processes, people, and policies that create the foundation for extraordinary, sustainable content. Her clients include some of the world’s most beloved brands and span industries and locations around the world. She lives in St. Paul, Minn. with her two kids, who give her plenty of comedy fodder for Twitter.

 

 

Christina Hartman, Newsy

Christina Hartman is an alumna of the University of Missouri who loves politics, cats and cooking. She’s a new mom happily married to a wonderful man with whom she likes pretending to be outdoorsy. At Newsy, she runs a newsroom of awesomely talented digital video producers who, despite practically sitting on top of each other, communicate and collaborate almost exclusively via Slack and Google Docs. Together, they produce and distribute hundreds of videos a month catering to a fast-growing audience of curious millennials. 

 

Katie Hawkins-Gaar, The Poynter Institute

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a member of the digital innovation faculty at The Poynter Institute, where she teaches journalists, stays on top of industry trends and geeks out about newsrooms testing new and exciting ideas. She is on a quest to prove that newsrooms don't have to be unhappy places. Before joining Poynter, Hawkins-Gaar was the editor for CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community. A leading expert in user-generated content, Hawkins-Gaar was responsible for the site’s editorial and social strategy, setting verification standards and leading a team of producers based in Atlanta and London. Outside of work, Hawkins-Gaar spends her time fixing up her house, hosting parties, mastering shuffleboard and traveling with her husband.

 

 

Andrew Heddle, Best Buy

Andrew Heddle is an 25-year veteran of the disruption in the retail industry around strategic communications, shifting shopping habits and new ways to market. He has developed his own casual dining brands and has been been an executive at the largest mobile retailer in Europe and the largest consumer electronics retailer in the U.S. 

 

 

Victor Hernandez, Banjo

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.

Hernandez is the director of media innovation at Banjo as well as an RJI Fellow, exploring the impact of wearable technologies on newsrooms. Hernandez worked extensively within both news editorial leadership ranks and product technology areas at CNN for 12 years. 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.

 

Jennifer Hicks, The Wall Street Journal

Jennifer J. Hicks is editor of digital products and innovation at The Wall Street Journal. She joined WSJ.com in 2004 and has held a number of digital editing roles, including a three-year stint in London leading WSJ.com’s European edition. She was an inaugural member of the Journal’s News Hub and served as deputy editor of the global real-time news desk. She recently served as editorial lead for the WSJ.com redesign and has been involved in many of the Journal’s off-platform publishing initiatives.

Jennifer, a native of Norman, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. 

 

Sarah Hill, StoryUP

Sarah Hill is the chief storyteller and CEO of StoryUP, a VR journalism startup based in Columbia, Mo. A former interactive news anchor and chief storyteller for Veterans United Foundation, Hill creates with human media, pushing the transition of text-based storytelling to a three-dimensional world. She was the first person to use a Google Hangout on TV so she could see and hear her audience live during the broadcast. An alumna of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and former adjunct faculty, Hill's reporting has taken her team around the globe covering stories in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Guatemala and Zambia. Hill is a national Edward R. Murrow, national Sigma Delta Chi, NAB Service to America and 12 time Mid-America Emmy award-winning storyteller. 

 

Chris Hoelzl, Smithsonian Networks

Chris Hoelzl is responsible for the development of all original productions, co-productions and the acquisition of completed programming for Smithsonian Networks. He manages strategic program alliances with producers and international networks, as well as supervising the entire slate of Smithsonian Channel productions. Smithsonian Channel is a joint venture partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks, Inc. Under his tenure Smithsonian Channel has produced more than 900 hours of programming and now reaches 34 million homes in the United States. Prior to joining Smithsonian Networks, he worked for The Learning Channel managing the editorial aspects of the network’s joint venture with the BBC, as well as developing U.K. indie factual output. Among the shows he developed are "Trading Spaces," "Before We Ruled the Earth," "What Not to Wear," "Faking It," "Extreme Machines" and "Maternity Ward." He has been a news producer and reporter, written for Time-Life Books and worked as a pollster during the 1992 presidential campaign.

 

Mark Horvit, Investigative Reporters & Editors

Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 5,000 members worldwide, and for programs including theNational Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Horvit also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. A longtime IRE member, Horvit most recently served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He worked as a reporter, editor and on the projects teams at newspapers in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida.

 

Khari Johnson, Through the Cracks

Khari Johnson is a staunch believer in journalism, community, entrepreneurship and bringing underreported stories to light. He’s founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism, a news website that monitors crowdfunding platforms to share stories that enable reporters and storytellers. Through the Cracks is a social enterprise whose coverage is equal parts media entrepreneurship, impact and crowdfunding best practices. Johnson has built or helped build news startups for the past decade. He is a reporter at news startup and event company NewCo.

 

Alex Kann, Media Trust

Throughout his working life, Alex Kann has lived and breathed content - creating editorial propositions and stories driven by creativity, collaboration and innovation.

At Media Trust he is director of community channel and audiences, responsible for the channel’s broadcast, digital, distribution and media and charity partnerships. Celebrating its 15th year of passionate and committed broadcasting, Community Channel is the only TV channel for communities, charities and the people who make the U.K. a better place for us all. Twelve million people watched the channel last year across all the U.K. TV platforms. Viewers learn more by watching the channel and are motivated to do more for others, he says.  

Since joining Community Channel, he has tripled audiences and delivered around two thousand hours of new programming. He has directed new season launches and new documentary strands, helping showcase 3,000 community and charity stories. He is executive producer on several in-house series and oversees the ground-breaking young journalist strand London360, which recently returned for its 10th run. 

Prior to joining Media Trust, Kann worked in senior editorial roles for the BBC and its commercial arm BBC Worldwide in multiplatform commissioning, on BBC iPlayer’s launch team, SeeSaw (the U.K. version of Hulu) and global iPlayer. Before joining the BBC, Kann worked for independent film and TV production and distribution companies.

 

Chad Martin, VML

In his role at VML, Chad Martin leads the team that develops social strategy, content for platforms and engages in community management for major brands including Wendy’s, Gatorade, NAPA Auto Parts, Kleenex, Viva, MillerCoors, Sprint, Chevron, QuikTrip and Major League Baseball Player’s Association.  

Martin brings more than 20 years of strategic and creative marketing experience to VML. Serving as creative lead for traditional and digital marketing agencies in the past, he has seen the digital world come of age. Always looking at platforms as a tool and not the idea, he has become known for creating the next big thing. He believes that building influence via one-to-one relationships with consumers is the most powerful way to get them to react and convert.

VML is looked at by Facebook as “Best in Class for Utilization of the Platform” and one of the few national agency networks to have completed Twitter Flight School. Social media efforts at VML have won brand teams many awards including Cannes Gold Lions and have even been credited for raising stock prices. 

Prior to VML, Martin worked with and developed social efforts for Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, WWE, UFC, Hilton Hotels, Doubletree Hotels, FOX Sports, Chicago White Sox, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. 

 

Edward McCain, RJI and MU Libraries

Edward McCain is digital curator of journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and University of Missouri Libraries. In this capacity, he founded the Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA) agenda and its related "Dodging the Memory Hole" outreach initiative. JDNA’s purpose is to preserve and ensure access to born-digital journalism. Through the JDNA agenda, McCain proposes to address the complexities of preserving born-digital news by recognizing and engaging the stakeholders and the systems they employ in order to define a pathway toward long-term, sustainable change. His research has been supported by the Mizzou Advantage and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

Kevin Poortinga, USA TODAY

Kevin Poortinga leads the USA Today Lab, a department designed to quickly incubate concepts, new businesses and new initiatives for the media network, which consists of more than 100 local news organizations and flagship USA TODAY. When not prototyping or experimenting, the Lab also champions an internal innovation grants program, a hybrid intrapreneurial development program and idea tournament for the company.

For more than 20 years, Poortinga has occupied several editorial, creative and digital leadership roles in the media industry at Gannett Digital, The Indianapolis Star and Howard Publications (now part of Lee Enterprises). Poortinga is a 1995 graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

 

 

Tim Regan-Porter, Center for Collaborative Journalism

Tim Regan-Porter is the founding executive director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. The Knight Foundation-funded center is a collaboration between the university, The (Macon) Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WMUB/ESPN that trains students and serves the community using the "teaching hospital" model of education. Previously, Regan-Porter was president and co-founder of Paste Magazine, the award-winning entertainment title that became the third-largest music magazine in the U.S. Prior to Paste, he spent 10 years in Web development and consulting at several firms, including IBM’s e-business National Practice where he managed the engineering teams on some of IBM’s largest projects.

 

 

Stan Silvey, University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Stan Silvey is assistant athletic director of broadcast operations at the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. In this position, Silvey is primarily responsible for producing SEC Network television and multimedia broadcasts for Mizzou Athletics. In addition, he leads teams that are responsible for the content creation, development and production of live video boards, weekly coaches’ television shows and the Mizzou Network digital platform.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, Silvey got his start in television at KOMU 8 and worked his way up to executive producer with responsibility for shows such as "This Week in Mizzou Football," "The Norm Stewart Show" and "This Week in Mizzou Basketball." 

In 2009, Missouri Valley College recruited Silvey to be director of broadcasting and instructor of mass communication.

In 2011, Silvey came home to Mizzou to lead the Athletic Department’s broadcast operations into the new SEC era. Silvey is also adjunct faculty for the School of Journalism and the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri, and a member of the University of Missouri Department of Communication advisory council.

 

Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute

Dr. Katherine Skinner is the executive director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that builds networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact. In this role, she supports three membership communities -BitCurator Consortium, Library Publishing Coalition and MetaArchive Cooperative - and a thriving research division that focuses on digital publishing, access, preservation, and sustainability issues for libraries, archives and museums. Skinner received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has co-edited three books and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and articles. She is currently principal investigator for research projects on continuing education (Nexus, Mapping the Landscapes), digital preservation (ETD plus, Chronicles in Preservation) and scholarly communication (Chrysalis). She regularly teaches graduate courses and workshops in digital librarianship and preservation topics, and provides consultation services to groups that are planning or implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation programs.

 

Nicholas Whitaker, The News Lab at Google

Before joining Google in 2010, Nicholas Whitaker spent the previous decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media. Whitaker was also a professor at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and Marymount Manhattan College, teaching courses in video production, new media and media theory.

He earned his bacholor's degree in communications from The New School University with a focus in documentary filmmaking and media theory. He received his master's degree from New York University where he specialized in political communication and new media. 

Today he travels the world with the News Lab at Google, training journalists to use digital tools for modern storytelling.

 

Carla Zanoni, The Wall Street Journal

Carla is executive emerging media editor for the The Wall Street Journal, where she is responsible for exploring and developing state-of-the-art news delivery and storytelling, including new social media and mobile platforms. She also heads the newsroom's audience development team, focusing on engagement and newsroom analytics. 

Before coming to the Journal, Zanoni led national digital and social strategy at DNAinfo.com in New York and Chicago and worked as an award-winning metro reporter. She wrote for numerous publications, including the The New York Times, and helped launch the first newspaper dedicated to New York City politics (now called City and State). The next year, she founded a successful hyperlocal blog, which led to her focus on digital audience development. Born in Argentina and raised in New Jersey, Zanoni is a graduate of Columbia University's School of General Studies and School of Journalism. 

All times are Central Daylight Time.

Monday, March 21

All sessions take place in Fred W. Smith Forum, Room 200, unless noted.

7:30 a.m.          Registration opens

Registration available throughout the day outside Smith Forum 200. Coffee and light breakfast options available in Lambert Room 200A.

 

8:15 a.m.          Welcome

Randy Picht, executive director, Reynolds Journalism Institute

           

8:20 a.m.          Content/Communication

Kristina Halvorson, CEO, Brain Traffic

As content-focused professionals, our jobs require more cross-team collaboration than ever, and that means it’s getting tougher to delineate our disciplines. It’s no longer an option to only care about what’s on your own plate. For us to succeed, we need to share tools and principles for collaborative communicaton. Kristina Halvorson will draw upon her experience as a “content therapist” to share insights about how curiosity, empathy and shared ambition help us all build a better Web.

 

8:50 a.m.          Crowdfunding Beyond the Money

Khari Johnson, founder and editor, Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism

Money raised with crowdfunding platforms to enable journalism is due to increase in the coming years, but this is just a glimpse at recent crowdfunding campaigns that accomplished much more than raising money. Media entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding to build community, gather initial users, test a proof of concept and give the audience more control.

 

9:10 a.m.          Collaborating Up, Down and Laterally

Christina Hartman, vice president of news, Newsy

A basic ingredient in any collaboration is effective communication, and one of the first lessons of effective communication is knowing your audience. What a former startup-turned-wholly-owned-subsidiary is learning about collaboration and communication in a world with more than one internal audience segment.

 

9:30 a.m.          Break

 

9:45 a.m.          The Power and Peril of Collaboration

Mark Horvit, executive director, Investigative Reporters & Editors

Investigative Reporters & Editors is a nonprofit membership organization that has a long history of collaboration. It's survived for 40 years because everyone's willing to pitch in and work together, but the very structure that allows for a free exchange of ideas makes it harder to get control when storm clouds arrive. 

 

10:05 a.m.          Cross-platform Collaborations on Investigative and Enterprise Reporting Series      

Scott Gurian, journalist, previously NJ Spotlight and WNYC/NJ Public Radio

 

10:25 a.m.          Old Walls, New Problems: Collaboration at Poynter

Katie Hawkins-Gaar, digital innovation faculty, Poynter

Facing rapid changes in technology and the need for new ideas and unique revenue streams, newsrooms are relying now more than ever on nimble teams that work well together. Building off of her first year at The Poynter Institute and seven years of working at CNN, Katie will share her top collaboration lessons that any news organization can employ.

 

10:45 a.m.          Break 

 

11 a.m.          Media, Models and Mayhem: The Unholy Alliances of Collaboration  

Lewis D’Vorkin, chief product officer, Forbes Media (remote presentation)

 

11:20 a.m.          Meaningful Media: Making Change Through Creative Collaboration

Alex Kann, director of community channel and audiences, Media Trust

Alex will explore how Media Trust connects charities with the media to drive social change. He will detail a few of its projects with a focus on Community Channel’s work in communities, its youth journalism strand and recent projects with food NGOs and arts organizations.

 

11:45 a.m.          Break 

 

Noon          Lunch

Lunch available in Palmer Room 100A for those registered for lunch.

 

1 p.m.          Collaborating Globally: Make it Easy!

Bill Bledsoe, worldwide site operations manager for emerging devices, Microsoft Store

Collaboration globally depends on technology. But making the technology work for your team or partners is about the people involved, and making it easy for them. Bill Bledsoe will talk about some of the technologies and the cultural aspects of making global collaboration work for your organization.

 

1:20 p.m.          1:1 Personalized News Alerts with Reader Consent-Based Advertising Becomes Easy and Affordable         

Andy Heddle, sr. director, Best Buy ecommerce partnerships

Kim Garretson, director, Realizing Innovation

 

2 p.m.          Break

 

2:15 p.m.          Packs vs. Lone Wolf Newsrooms

Tim Regan-Porter, founding executive director, Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism

In moving from Paste to working alongside a daily newsroom, Tim was struck by the difference in culture around collaboration. One was a team effort; the other was a collection of solitary efforts. This talk will explore how a culture of collaboration can benefit newsrooms.

 

2:35 p.m.          Top-of-Mind: The Truth on Creating Habits to Stay on Top of People’s Minds         

John Hall, co-founder and CEO, Influence and Co.

If you create meaningful relationships with customers, partners, etc. and position yourself to stay top-of-mind with these individuals, you will create more opportunities for yourself and the organization you work for. Learn what tactics and habits can be implemented in order to use content in ways that will assure that you stay top-of-mind for the people that matter most to you.

 

2:55 p.m.          Launching SEC Network: The Mizzou Story

Stan Silvey, assistant athletic director of broadcast operations, MU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

On August 14, 2014 ESPN collaborated with the Southeastern Conference and launched the most successful cable channel in history. Learn how Missouri and the rest of the SEC institutions ramped up live production to help make SEC Network happen.

 

3:15 p.m.          Break

 

3:30 p.m.          Using a Collaborative Experimental Culture to Drive Innovation

Corey Ford, co-founder and managing partner, Matter (remote presentation)

Corey will discuss the methods and mindsets used at Matter to drive innovation.

 

3:50 p.m.          Business Transformation: The Workspaces of Tomorrow

David Danto, principal consultant, Dimension Data

The pace of technological change is rapid and constant in today's world. People collaborate differently than they did a few years ago. Organizations need to understand these changes if they want to be relevant and successful in the future. Dimension Data's David Danto will highlight what has changed and how organizations can adapt to survive.

 

4:10 p.m.         Break

 

4:20 p.m.         The Case for Radical Collaboration

Cole Goins, senior manager for engagement and community collaborations, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

How creative partnerships and a community-focused approach can help journalists engage and empower new audiences.

           

4:40-5  p.m.         Controlled Chaos: The Delicate Balance Between Herding Cats and Encouraging Collaborative Innovation

Kevin Poortinga, vice president/manager, Gannett/USA Today Lab

In this session, Kevin shares wins, challenges and WTF moments from the USA Today Lab and its first Innovation Challenge, a mix of an entrepreneurial development program and an idea tournament for Gannett and USA Today's 15k+ employees.

 

5:30-7:30 p.m.        Reception at Wine Cellar and Bistro

Wine and hors d'oeuvres available for those registered for the reception at Wine Cellar and Bistro 505 Cherry St.

 

 

Tuesday, March 22

All sessions take place in Fred W. Smith Forum, Room 200, unless noted.

7:30 a.m.          Registration opens

Registration available throughout the day outside Smith Forum 200. Coffee and light breakfast options available in Lambert Room 200A.

 

8 a.m.          Immersive Storytelling

Nicholas Whitaker, media outreach manager, The News Lab at Google

 

8:50 a.m.          The “C” Word – Co-productions

Chris Hoelzl, vice president of program development, Smithsonian Networks 

Television networks around the world want specialized content but they often can’t afford to pay for big productions by themselves. This discussion looks at the trade-offs that come when networks pool their money to fund multi-million dollar television programs. In the era of media globalization when owning content is seen as the key to success, do such collaborations make sense?

 

9:10 a.m.          VR Journalism: One Startup's Collab Culture

Sarah Hill, CEO and chief storyteller, StoryUP

Hear how StoryUP VR uses collaboration to create immersive video experiences and revenue streams in a new video medium.

 

9:30 a.m.          Break

 

9:45 a.m.          Better Living Through Newsroom Chemistry 

Carla Zanoni, executive emerging media editor, The Wall Street Journal

Jennifer Hicks, executive digital editor, The Wall Street Journal

Collaboration begins when the newsroom and "the business side" is united on all fronts with shared goals, shared ambitions and a shared roadmap. We'll discuss how newsrooms and commercial units can work together in harmony to improve their products and reach. It starts with getting buy-in, setting a united strategy and building effective relationships that help translate into meaningful results.

 

10:15 a.m.          Establishing Industry Symmetry to Drive Economic Change 

David Gehring, CEO, Relay Media

The news business is crumbling as advertising remains under pressure while Google and Facebook eat more and more of the the traditional display ad dollar. On the other hand, digital platforms seem to be recognizing the inherent value of quality original content evidenced by programs such as Accelerated Mobile Pages and Instant Articles. How does the industry need to work together to take advantage of this new set of circumstances, re-establishing the kingship of content and establishing a viable economic framework to support quality original journalism?

 

10:35 a.m.          Dodging the Memory Hole: From Collaborative Action to Collective Impact

Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Katherine Skinner, executive director, Educopia Institute

Much of today’s news is being sucked into a “memory hole” of our own making. The set of systems that kept the analog “first rough draft of history” have been disrupted. Who will develop new models to capture and preserve digital journalism in the 21st century?

Dodging the Memory Hole (DtMH) attempts to answer that question by building a cross-sector community with the goal of saving born-digital news content. By building awareness, setting priorities and identifying roles and goals among journalists, publishers, libraries, archives, content managers and technologists, DtMH is setting the stage for the development of solutions that meet a broad set of needs. Edward and Katherine will describe the rationale for applying systems-change models and methods to this multi-faceted problem, and they will share their results to date. The talk will close with a discussion of the Collective Impact Model and its utility in coordinating an ever-widening circle of stakeholders in order to move from collective action to collective impact in pursuit of new goals.

 

11 a.m.          Break

 

11:15 a.m.          Being Data-Driven Has Little to Do With Data: Building a Collaborative Analytics Culture Starts with People

Matt Booher, digital insights director, The E.W. Scripps Company (remote presentation)

 

11:35 a.m.-noon         50 Things we Learned from the Collaboration Culture Symposium

Victor Hernandez, director of media innovation, Banjo 

News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez returns to Smith Forum for another fast-moving wrap of smart takes and observations from RJI's 2016 spring symposium on collaboration culture; Summarize: What did we learn? Synthesize: How do we make sense of it? Galvanize: Gow do we use it to inspire our work/teams? Mobilize: Where do we go from here?

 

12:15-1:15 p.m.          Lunch

Boxed lunch available in Palmer Room 100A for those registered for lunch.

Hotel

Rooms are available at a discounted rate starting at $124 at The Tiger Hotel for the nights of March 20 and 21. To book your stay, call (573) 875-8888 and reserve a room in the "RJI Collaboration" conference block. The reservation deadline is March 1 or until the block is full.

The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Parking is available for $12 a night.

 

Getting to Columbia

RJI is located at 401 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO, 65211.

Driving

Columbia is located in the heart of Missouri between St. Louis and Kansas City, about two hours from each city. It can be accessed by Highway 63 from the north/south and Interstate 70 from the east/west.

Columbia Regional Airport 

Columbia Regional Airport has a few flights a day from Dallas and Chicago. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Columbia. Ground transportation options include taxis and car rental. It is advised to call and reserve a taxi when you get to your connecting airport (Taxi Terry's is a reliable option).

St. Louis International Airport

St. Louis International Airport is about two hours away from Columbia. This airport offers more flight options than the other two. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available), or car rental. 

Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City International Airport is about two and a half hours away from Columbia. This airport is a little smaller than the St. Louis airport. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available, although there are less frequent shuttles to Kansas City than St. Louis), or car rental. 

 

Parking

The Tiger Hotel parking

Parking is available at the hotel for $12 a night. The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from RJI.

Campus parking 

Parking is available at the Hitt St. Garage on campus for those who are not staying at The Tiger Hotel. You must request a parking permit when you register, or contact Event Coordinator Amanda Gastler at gastlera@rjionline.org.

 

About the area

This map includes pins showing a walking path between the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Tiger Hotel, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Hitt St. Garage. It also shows The Wine Cellar and Bistro, where the Monday evening reception will take place.

 

The District

The Reynolds Journalism Institute is located at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in downtown Columbia, also known as The District. There is an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, retails stores and more in downtown Columbia. To explore the area, visit discoverthedistrict.com.

Grace Atkins
University of Missouri Libraries

Caroline Bauman
Investigative Reporters And Editors

Bimal Blakrishnan
Architectural Studies, University of Mo.

Clyde Bentley
Missouri School of Journalism

Brad Best
Missouri School of Journalism

Bill Bledsoe
Microsoft Store

Jo Britt-Rankin
University of Missouri

Brad Buchanan 
Newz Group

Liz Burnham
Valparaiso Family YMCA

Nathan Byrne
Newsy

Dorothy Carner
Journalism Libraries, University of Missouri

Neeley Current
MU School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Angela Dahman
University of Missouri

David Danto
Dimension Data

Sarah Darby
University of Missouri

Matthew Davis 
Newz Group

Matt DeRienzo
LION Publishers

Paula Elias
StoryUP

Ryan Famuliner
KBIA

Lindsey Foat
KCPT

Laura Fong
Mercer University

Roger Gafke
Reynolds Journalism Institute

David Gehring
Relay Media

Megan Gill
MU School of Health Professions

Cole Goins
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Barrett Golding
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Scott Gurian
Freelance

John Hall
Influence & Co.

Kristina Halvorson
Brain Traffic

Annie Hammock
University of Missouri

Kelli Hansen
University of Missouri Libraries

Christina Hartman
Newsy

Katie Hawkins-Gaar
The Poynter Institute

Chandra Heartland
Veterans United Home Loans

Andy Heddle
Best Buy e-commerce partnerships

Victor Hernandez
Banjo

Jennifer Hicks
Wall Street Journal

Sarah Hill
Story Up

Chris Hoelzl
Smithsonian Networks

Brandon Hoops
Veterans United

Debbie Johnson
Cooperative Media Group

Debbie Johnson
University of Missouri

Khari Johnson
Through The Cracks

Alexander Kann
Media Trust

Sriram Kannekanti 
Progressive Perspective

Tim Kridel
Freelance Writer

Ken Leija 
StoryUP

Jim Flink
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Kim March
Executive Assistant Service

Francesco Marconi
The Associated Press

Chad Martin
VML

Debra Mason
University of Missouri

Edward McCain
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Amy McCombs
Missouri School of Journalism

Kirstin McCudden
KCPT

Mike McKean
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Ben McLaughlin
Dayton Daily News, Cox Media Group Ohio

Carley Meiners
ALM Media

Karen Mell
KCPT

Bryce Moore
Meredith Corporation

Terry Nakagawa
Statement:Marketing

Jennifer Nelson
Reynolds journalism Institute

Michael Nichols
Innovation Consultants LLC

Don Olson
Dono Communications

Barb Palser
Relay Media

Keith Politte
EssentialSpots

Kevin Poortinga
USA Today 

Kara Potter
Missouri State Teachers Association

Tim Regan-Porter
The Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University

Steve Rice
Missouri School of Journalism

Aaron Rudman
Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

Nina Ruhe
Missouri School of Journalism

Frank Russell
Missouri School of Journalism

Janet Saidi
KCPT

Hannah Schmidt
41 Action News

George Schramm
Missouri School of Journalism

Stan Silvey
Mizzou Athletics

Angee Simmons
KCPT

Amy Simons
Missouri School Of Journalism

Katherine Skinner
Educopia

Stacy Snow
University of Missouri

Brian Steffens
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Jacob Steimer
MIZ

Reuben Stern
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Kara Tabor
KBIA

Erin Teare Martin
VOX

Neil Tucker
Neil Tucker Videography

Maggie Walter
Missouri School of Journalism

Nicholas Whitaker
The News Lab at Google

Katie Yaeger
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Nick Yahl
Missouri School of Journalism

Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis
Morning Sun/Digital First Media

Ting Yu
Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences

Carla Zanoni
Wall Street Journal

Yu Zhang
China Radio International

Registration for this event is closed.

 

 

Cost

There is no cost to register for this event, but registration is required. Registration will close March 17.

What does registration include?

Registration includes admission to the event, two lunches and one reception, available to general attendees and presenting attendees while space allows. You can select your meals in the registration form. Meals are not included in the student ticket.

How to register

Select the applicable ticket type below and then the "Register" button at the bottom of the ticket window. You can also visit the Eventbrite page to register. Register by March 17.

How to view your registration information after you register

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration information. You can also also visit Eventbrite and log in using the same email address you used to register. 



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