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Thursday, April 24
 

7:00pm

Welcome
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet other conference-goers during at the reception and keynote in our state-of-the-art DuMont Television Center.

Speakers
avatar for Merrill Brown

Merrill Brown

Director, Montclair State University School of Communication and Media
As one of the pioneers who launched CourtTV and the founding editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, Merrill Brown has demonstrated a strong commitment to bring the news into the 21st century.  Brown continues to break new ground in his role as Director of the newly openedSchool of Communication and Media, where he applies his past experience in digital and traditional media.  He gained extensive media expertise as founder and principal... Read More →
avatar for Willard Gingerich

Willard Gingerich

Provost Willard Gingerich, appointed in 2008, serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Montclair State University. Prior to assuming his position at Montclair State, Gingerich served as Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before that, he served first as Dean of the Graduate School and then as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research at St. John's University. A... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Gurskis

Daniel Gurskis

Dean, College of the Arts, Montclair State University
Dean Gurskis came to Montclair State from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he chaired the Department of Film and served as a special assistant to the president. His signature project there was overseeing the development of the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema to be located at Steiner Studios, the largest film and television production facility outside Los Angeles. When fully operational, the school will enroll... Read More →


Thursday April 24, 2014 7:00pm - 7:15pm
DuMont Television Studios 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

7:00pm

Reception and Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

The Knight Foundation's Eric Newton discusses the future of media from a foundation's perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Newton

Eric Newton

Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation
Eric Newton joined Knight Foundation in 2001. He is senior adviser to the president. As a program director and vice president during his first decade at Knight, he helped build the journalism and media innovation program from a department of one into a team of seven, overseeing the development of more than $300 million in grants. Previously, Newton was founding managing editor of the Newseum, leading the content team at the world’s... Read More →


Thursday April 24, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DuMont Television Studios 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ
 
Friday, April 25
 

8:00am

Registration and Breakfast
Volunteers
avatar for Shawn Lockwood

Shawn Lockwood

Administrator, Center for Cooperative Media
Shawn Lockwood is an administrator with the Center for Cooperative Media. Lockwood has more than 23 years of administrative experience, working in office management, human resources and customer service. She was special projects coordinator in the office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Medical Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Lockwood is a notary public and serves on the Haledon, N.J., Public School Parent-Teacher... Read More →

Friday April 25, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
MSU Conference Center: Lobby University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

9:00am

Opening Remarks
A welcome from the Center for Cooperative Media and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan A. Cole

Dr. Susan A. Cole

President, Montclair State University
Dr. Susan A. Cole assumed office in September of 1998 as the eighth president of Montclair State University, which is the second largest university in New Jersey, with 19,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Cole served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993 to 1998 and, prior to that, as Vice President for University Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of... Read More →
avatar for Chris Daggett

Chris Daggett

President & CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Chris Daggett has been a respected leader in New Jersey’s nonprofit world for nearly 20 years, serving on a number of boards, including the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, Regional Plan Association, and The Trust for Public Land. As the independent candidate for governor in 2009, he was the first independent candidate to raise the threshold amount of money to qualify for public matching funds and to participate in public debates with the... Read More →
avatar for Ju-Don Roberts

Ju-Don Roberts

Director, Center for Cooperative Media
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts is director of the Center for Cooperative Media. She previously served as a general manager and senior vice president at Everyday Health and as an executive editor and senior vice president at News Corporation. Roberts worked in leadership positions at The Washington Post for 17 years, including serving as the top editor overseeing its digital operation. In 2007, Roberts ran the online coverage of the Virginia Tech... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

9:30am

The New Normal
The local media landscape is quickly changing. Even as many traditional media companies have narrowed their focus in light of dwindling resources, journalism startups -- big, small, general and niched -- have emerged. But what does this mean for the future of local journalism? Don't miss this exciting panel discussion to find out.

Moderators
avatar for Merrill Brown

Merrill Brown

Director, Montclair State University School of Communication and Media
As one of the pioneers who launched CourtTV and the founding editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, Merrill Brown has demonstrated a strong commitment to bring the news into the 21st century.  Brown continues to break new ground in his role as Director of the newly openedSchool of Communication and Media, where he applies his past experience in digital and traditional media.  He gained extensive media expertise as founder and principal... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Brady

Jim Brady

Editor-in-Chief, Digital First Media
Jim Brady is the Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media, which operates the Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group, and oversees the editorial strategy of its 75 daily newspapers and its hundreds of non-daily publications and digital sites. Brady is also overseeing the launch of Project Thunderdome, which will redefine how DFM produces journalism for the digital age by creating a centralized team that produces high-quality non-local... Read More →
avatar for Ken Doctor

Ken Doctor

Media Analyst, Newsonomics
Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global  | news media industry. Fully employing more than 35 years of experience across a wide  | range of media, he’s become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and  | emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics. He is the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the... Read More →
avatar for Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer

President and Publisher, USA Today
Larry Kramer was named president and publisher of USA TODAY in May 2012. He is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision for USA TODAY across all of its platforms, including the Sports Media Group, the Travel Media Group, Reviewed.com and USA WEEKEND. A leading digital media expert, Larry has more than 40 years of journalism experience.  Prior to joining USA TODAY, he served as the first president of CBS Digital Media... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Shackelford

Tiffany Shackelford

Executive Director, Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Tiffany Shackelford is the Executive Director of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, which represents 120 alternative news organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, a group she helped create in 1999. She also served as director of communications and marketing at Phase2 Technology in Virginia, where she also oversaw the publishing... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

10:40am

Think Like a Technologist
In an increasingly digital world, the best technologists are creating publishing tools that help journalists better understand their audience, deliver engaging stories and measure the reach their stories have.

Hear about some of the incredible advances being made.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Cochran

Laura Cochran

Director, Content & User Experience, Digital First Media
Laura Cochran is a content and user experience strategist at Project Thunderdome where she is reimagining how digital storytelling is conceptualized and brought to life on media platforms across the country, serving 57 million Americans each month.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Beckman

Jake Beckman

Content Catalyst, Rebel Mouse
I’m RebelMouse’s Content Catalyst. I work with publishers and brand newsrooms to develop and implement effective social strategy across editorial and ad opportunities. Before joining RebelMouse, I was an Assignment Editor at Bloomberg TV where I helped to identify content and build visual elements to tell compelling breaking news stories. Now, I use those skills to help make the Internet a better place, one page at a time. I work with large... Read More →
avatar for Misha Leybovich

Misha Leybovich

CEO, Meograph
Misha Leybovich is the CEO of Meograph, which helps brands engage their customers in creating multimedia stories and mashups.  Prior, he consulted with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta and Shanghai.  While at MIT, he earned Masters degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Technology & Policy, and did research at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University.  At UC Berkeley, he earned his BS in Engineering Physics and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Perrone

Michael Perrone

Co-Founder & CEO, Social Sign.In
avatar for Josh Schwartz

Josh Schwartz

Chief Data Scientist, Chartbeat
Josh Schwartz is Chief Data Scientist at Chartbeat. He focuses on applications of machine learning and | optimization to help major media companies — such as The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, and the  | Financial Times — grow their audience. Before being tempted away from academia, he studied toward a  | Ph.D. in computer science at Cornell and M.I.T., where he researched problems in computer vision and machine... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

10:40am

Sharing the Scoop: Making Collaborative Investigations Work
Investigative reporting organizations are at the forefront of media partnerships and collaborative experiments. Learn from power players about the benefits of collaborative investigations and how to make them work.

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Lesser

Benjamin Lesser

True Politics & CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Benjamin Lesser spent more than a decade as an investigative reporter with a focus on computer-assisted reporting at The Record in Hackensack, N.J. (2000-2006) and the New York Daily News. He is currently a researcher at the CUNY Research Foundation. Among his honors, he won a Society of Silurians Investigative Reporting Award in 2010 and the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting from the New York City chapter of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Gurian

Scott Gurian

Reporter, NJ Spotlight and WNYC/NJPR
Scott Gurian reports on the Sandy recovery along New Jersey's coast for both NJ Spotlight and WNYC / NJ Public Radio. Previously, he was a producer at The Takeaway, a national news program produced at WNYC. He also spent five years as News Director at public radio station KGOU in Norman, OK, where he covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary and political wrangling at the state capitol to tornadoes and the annual prison rodeo... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Lehren

Andrew Lehren

Reporter, New York Times
Andrew W. Lehren, a reporter at The New York Times, has analyzed Snowden spy documents, traced the international proliferation and smuggling of environmentally damaging gases, probed the wikileaks trove of diplomatic cables, examined substandard Chinese chemicals tainting pharmaceuticals, exposed insurers defrauding their own customers, and delved into questionable police practices. He has won numerous awards, including a... Read More →
avatar for Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein

Senior Reporter, ProPublica
Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization in New York. Prior to joining ProPublica in 2008, he was a member of the metro investigative projects team at the Los Angeles Times. In 2004, Ornstein was a lead author on a series on Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center, a troubled hospital in South Los Angeles. The articles won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
MSU Conference Center: Room A University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

10:40am

Beyond Content: Building Audience and Engagement
Creating content or posting on social media is not enough to build an engaged and loyal audience. Learn what more you can do to build engagement.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Stearns

Josh Stearns

Press Freedom Director, Free Press
Josh Stearns is a journalist and organizer working to strengthen journalism and protect press freedom. He is the Press Freedom Director at Free Press, a national nonprofit fighting for all people’s rights to connect and communicate, and a founding board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Stearns is the author of numerous reports on journalism, public media and media policy and the founder of VerificationJunkie.com a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Freedman

Ken Freedman

Station Manager, WFMU / Auricle Communications / Congera Inc.
Ken Freedman is the Station Manager of WFMU (wfmu.org), the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Under his guidance, WFMU became independent of Upsala College, WFMU's original owner. Freedman also developed WFMU's internet presence, making it one of the most popular and forward looking internet radio stations in the U.S. WFMU was the first radio station to offer full on-demand listening, podcasts and a... Read More →
avatar for Jim Schachter

Jim Schachter

Vice President for News, WNYC
Jim Schachter is vice president for news at WNYC, the nation’s premier public radio station, where he is responsible for an enterprise-focused radio and digital newsroom, as well as programs and websites including The Brian Lehrer Show, On The Media, Radio Rookies, SchoolBook, Transportation Nation, and other products of WNYC’s award-winning news team.He joined WNYC in 2012 after almost 17 years at The New York... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Zamora

Amanda Zamora

senior engagement editor, ProPublica
Amanda Zamora is senior engagement editor at ProPublica. Previously, she spent more than eight years as a digital producer and editor at The Washington Post, leading the site's election coverage as national digital editor in 2012. She led digital coverage on the metro, foreign and investigative desks before serving as the Post's first social media and engagement editor from 2010 – 2011. Zamora began her journalism career at the Austin... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
MSU Conference Center: Room C University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

10:40am

What's Trending?
Nieman Journalism Lab's Caroline O'Donovan discusses existing and emerging technology trends impacting media.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline O'Donovan

Caroline O'Donovan

Staff writer, Nieman Journalism Lab
Caroline O'Donovan is a staff writer at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers, media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she's been heard on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media's Marketplace.


Friday April 25, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
MSU Conference Center: Room B University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

11:40am

Break
Grab lunch as we get ready for The Art and Science of Going Viral superpanel. 

Friday April 25, 2014 11:40am - 12:00pm
MSU Conference Center: Lobby University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

12:00pm

The Art and Science of Going Viral
Going viral isn't just about cute videos and clever headlines. It takes optimization, through tools and content-tuning, for the audiences you want to reach on the platforms you want to reach them. Hear from the gurus of social content about their formulas for viral success.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Lemesianou

Christine Lemesianou

Associate Director, SCM, Montclair State University
Dr. Christine A. Lemesianou is the Associate Director of the School of Communication and Media and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in public and organizational relations, persuasion and new media, public speaking, research methods and globalization and has a strong interest in creating innovative pedagogical practices. Her research agenda is interdisciplinary and some of her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dean Praetorius

Dean Praetorius

Senior Editor, The Huffington Post
Dean Praetorius is currently a Senior Editor at The Huffington Post, overseeing both the site's social media endeavors as well as a team of editors responsible for creating viral content and covering breaking news. A Boston College graduate and Long Island native, Dean has worked with a number of influential media outlets through the years, including ABC News, Vh1, and the now defunct New York Sun.Before joining the Huffington Post team at the... Read More →
avatar for Jen Wolosoff

Jen Wolosoff

Director, Partner Education & Development, BuzzFeed
Jen Wolosoff is BuzzFeed's Director of Partner Education & Development, where she leads BuzzFeed University. Her focus is to educate the global market and BuzzFeed's partners on content creation and social advertising. Jen has been the key architect in shaping the program's workshops and webcasts. She was BuzzFeed's first Account Manager and helped build the team while working with their premier clients. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Jen... Read More →
avatar for Katharine Zaleski

Katharine Zaleski

CoFounder + President, PowerToFly
Katharine Zaleski is the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the global platform that matches businesses with women who can work from anywhere. Since launching in August, 2014, PowerToFly has enabled over 70,000 women across 143 countries to connect with Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups. | | Katharine got her big break at the age of twenty-four when she was hired to be the sixth employee of the Huffington Post where... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Can Local Scale?
Much has been written about media companies who have tried and failed to scale hyperlocal news operations. We bring together media companies that believe they still have a workable model. 

Moderators
MM

Michele McLellan

Consultant, Knight Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Michele's list

Speakers
JF

Josh Fenton

-, GoLocal
LH

Lissa Harris

Founder/Editor, Watershed Post
avatar for Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

CEO and Publisher, TheAlternativePress.com
Michael Shapiro is the CEO and Publisher of TheAlternativePress.com.  He is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University and Stanford Law School. After five years of practicing law in New York City, in October 2008, Mike started an all-online objective daily local newspaper for his town, New Providence, New Jersey, as well as surrounding towns of Summit and Berkeley Heights. In January 2012, Mike began licensing sites... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
MSU Conference Center: Room C University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Information Needs of Communities
Journalism, more than ever, is a partnership between the news organizations and the communities they serve. How can we ensure that we understand and respond to the needs of our communities? 

Moderators
avatar for Karen Pennar

Karen Pennar

Editor, Voices of NY
Karen Pennar has a long career as a journalist and has also worked in health care and written plays. | | Karen’s first reporting job was at the Journal of Commerce, where she wrote about foreign currencies. She subsequently worked for nearly two decades at BusinessWeek Magazine, where as Economics Editor and Senior Writer she covered a wide range of domestic and international topics, including globalization, Federal Reserve policy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zack Beatty

Zack Beatty

Media Partnerships and Marketing, SeeClickFix
Zack Beatty is the Director of Partnerships and Marketing at SeeClickFix. Launched in 2008, SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues, ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Through web and mobile applications, as well as embeddable widgets, SeeClickFix empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together to improve... Read More →
avatar for Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit

Editor/Publisher, Oakland Local/Live Work Oakland
Founder, Oakland Local. Consultant, House of Local.org, Circuit rider, Knight Community Information Challenge. Twitter: @susanmernit, @oaklandlocal Facebook: Follow oaklandlocalSusan Mernit is ED of Center for Media Change, a non-profit that houses Oakland Local, Hack the Hood, and Live Work Oakland, three programs accelerating change and equity in Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo! Senior Director, Mernit has been a... Read More →
avatar for Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Senior Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Citizens Campaign
Heather is the Senior Director, Communications & Public Affairs for The Citizens Campaign. In this role, Heather loves working with a broad cross section of citizens, elected officials, non-profits and businesses with the common purpose of making our communities stronger and more resilient. Heather has successfully advocated for the adoption of several state laws and more than 100 local ordinances - using strategic communications, community... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
MSU Conference Center: Room A University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

The Network Effect: The Future of Local Advertising
Are publisher networks the key to unlocking new revenue potential for local media? Hear from some of the organizations working to bring bigger advertising dollars to local. 

Moderators
avatar for Aleeda Crawley

Aleeda Crawley

Partnerships Director, E The People
Aleeda Crawley is the Partnerships Director for e-thePeople, nonprofit that works with media and nonprofit organizations to develop online voter education guides. Aleeda has worked on the sales side of newspaper publishing (and their online progeny) for more than 20 years for companies such as Knight-Ridder, McClatchy, Publicitas, and Gannett. She was the Project Manager at Newspapers First for NovaMedia Networks, a cooperative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rusty Coats

Rusty Coats

President, Coats2Coats.com
Rusty Coats is Executive Director of the Local Media Consortium, which includes nearly 40 media companies driving more than two billion pageviews and 10 billion advertising impressions per month. He also is President and founder of Coats2Coats, a consultancy that focuses on a media future that is participatory, profitable and mobile, working with for-profit and non-profit media companies, startups and foundations funding... Read More →
avatar for Doug Hardy

Doug Hardy

Co-founder/Business Manager, Independent Media Network/CTNewsJunkie
Doug Hardy is both husband and business partner to CTNewsJunkie Editor-in-Chief Christine Stuart, serving as business manager for the site where he handles advertising, editing, promotional activities, and anything else that comes up. As a new media entrepreneur, Hardy partnered with Lon Seidman of LocalOnlineNews.TV in 2011 to launch the Independent Media Network, a cooperative of Connecticut-based news sites and blogs with a goal of helping... Read More →
avatar for Kenny Katzgrau

Kenny Katzgrau

Co-founder, Broadstreet
Kenny Katzgrau is the co-founder of Broadstreet Ads, an ad technology company serving local news websites. He has also served as a technical consultant and developer for several hyperlocal media sites. Prior to co-founding Broadstreet Ads, he developed advertising systems at Yahoo.
avatar for Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman

Co-Founder, Independent Media Network LLC
Lon Seidman is the co-founder of the Independent Media Network LLC, a venture that helps unemployed and underemployed journalists create their own jobs by launching their own independent online publications. The Independent Media Network provides journalists with free hosting and support as well as revenue through network advertising buys. To date over 80 independent sites are part of the network. | | Lon also makes content. He... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Essential Tech for Your Reporter's Toolkit
Learn about the best tools and tech to help you do your job better.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Assistant Professor, Montclair State University School of Communication and Media


Friday April 25, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
MSU Conference Center: Room B University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Filling the Niche in Local News
Communities need more than just breaking or hard news. We talk to several sites about how they cover underreported topics in their communities.

Moderators
avatar for Joanna Breen

Joanna Breen

Founder & President, Flying Leap Media, LLC
Joanna Breen is a digital strategy consultant, helping publishers of all sizes develop bigger audiences and sustainable revenue models for video content.  Immediately prior to this, Ms. Breen served as VP, Video & Television Programming at Everyday Health, Inc, where she launched the company's video business and grew monthly video views from 35 thousand to 10 million in less than six months.  She was also responsible for development... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Holm

Morgan Holm

VP and Chief Content Officer, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Morgan Holm is Senior VP and Chief Content Officer at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. He has served as news director, host, producer and reporter since joining OPB in 1990.Holm started out reporting and hosting at Jefferson Public Radio and then moved to KOBI-TV in Medford, OR as a weekend news producer and assignment editor. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a BA in Communication. During his career at OPB... Read More →
avatar for Tim Minton

Tim Minton

CEO, Zazoom Media Group
Tim is a leader in short form digital content creation that leverages technology for scalable production. As CEO of Zazoom Media Group, he has built a startup company that began in his mother-in-law’s dining room to be a global producer and distributor of online news and entertainment. | | ZMG’s videos have been viewed more than 500M times, in English, Spanish, French, Portugese and Mandarin. Distribution partnerships with all of... Read More →
avatar for Jarrett Murphy

Jarrett Murphy

executive editor and publisher, City Limits
Jarrett Murphy, editor-in-chief, has been with City Limits since February 2007. Murphy grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, and later received a diploma in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and a masters in economics from the New School. Before coming to City Limits in February 2007, he worked at WFUV-FM, the Hartford Advocate, CBSNews.com and the Village Voice. He has been... Read More →
avatar for Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder

CEO, ClearHealthCosts.com
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs. She worked for The New York Times for 23 years before founding Clear Health Costs. Jeanne gained a 360-degree view of journalism from working as an editor, reporter and human resources executive before volunteering for a buyout in late 2009 and becoming a web entrepreneur. At The Times she was an editor on the foreign desk, a reporter on the business desk and... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
MSU Conference Center: Room A University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Finding Common Ground: Collaborative Experiments
In New Jersey, the Center for Cooperative Media/NJ News Commons is breaking new ground with a bold, collaborative experiment that embraces an entire news ecosystem. Hear from some of the participants and our funding partner on lessons learned and the opportunities ahead.

Moderators
avatar for Debbie Galant

Debbie Galant

Associate Director, NJ News Commons/Center for Cooperative Media
Debbie Galant is associate director of the NJ News Commons/Center for Cooperative Media, which is dedicated to supporting and improving local journalism in New Jersey. Galant’s work spans the NJ News Commons and the Center, as she helps to lead training and development and to provide services and resources to meet all partners' needs. Galant is the founder of Baristanet, one of the first successful hyperlocal sites in the United States. She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar

Director of Media & Communications, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Molly directs the Foundation’s Media grants, which strengthen and expand New Jersey's news and information ecosystem, support and experiment with collaboration and resource-sharing, and encourage deep community engagement throughout the state. | She also directs Dodge’s communications initiatives, exploring the intersections of philanthropy, communications, media and community building. In 2012, she led the overhaul of the Dodge website and... Read More →
avatar for Doug Doyle

Doug Doyle

News and Sports Director, WBGO
Doug Doyle has been News Director at Jazz 88 since 1998 and has taken the WBGO News Department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists. | | The Pennsylvania State University graduate has won three New York... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Jáuregui

Sylvia Jáuregui

Founder, NJ Inside Out
Sylvia Jáuregui, an entrepreneur, producer, and journalist, graduated fromKean University, NJ, summa cum laude in International Broadcast Journalism. She started her career at age 17 in Ecuador, where she worked as a reporter, producer, account manager, and host of a live TV Magazine show at Etv Telerama, a national TV station. She also worked for various local broadcasting companies as a political and daily news... Read More →
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Charlie Kratovil

New Brunswick Today
Charlie Kratovil is the co-founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, an independent publication that grew from an all-volunteer online-only passion project into a monthly bilingual newspaper that publishes hard-hitting news for the New Brunswick and pays dozens of journalists for their work.  He also helped to start PatersonPress.com when he was a staff member at The Citizens Campaign.  Charlie is a Rutgers University... Read More →
avatar for Tom Meagher

Tom Meagher

Deputy Managing Editor, The Marshall Project
Tom Meagher is the deputy managing editor of the Marshall Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan news organization covering crime and justice in America. A veteran reporter and editor, he previously led an interactive team for the Digital First Media newspaper chain and was the data editor at the Newark Star-Ledger. His first reporting job was covering night cops for a small daily paper in Kansas. You can find him on Twitter at @ultracasual.


Friday April 25, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Owning Breaking News
Audiences' appetites for news are insatiable during breaking events. Learn how journalists from TV, radio and digital media newsrooms find innovative ways to cover big, unrelenting news events.

Moderators
avatar for Hal Straus

Hal Straus

Weekend Editor, Quartz
Hal Straus is a New York-based digital journalist and Quartz’s weekend editor. He has a long record of successful media product launches, including that of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's newest online home and a 40+ blog health influencer network on EverydayHealth.com. He launched The Washington Post's online opinions area and led its first Social team – and ran discussion focused mini-sites for The Post on topics ranging from faith and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Alongi

Phil Alongi

Executive Producer, NJTV
Prior to becoming the Executive Producer of NJTV News with Mike Schneider, Phil Alongi was the newscast’s Senior Producer. Alongi has also served as Executive Producer of NJTV’s 2012 election coverage and special events. His broadcast career started at NBC in 1997, where he worked in research and production for the Today show, Nightly News and News at Sunrise, covering four presidential election cycles... Read More →
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Justin Auciello

Founder, Journalist, Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Justin Auciello is the founder of Jersey Shore Hurricane News (JSHN), a two way news outlet that covers news, traffic, and weather. He is an award-winning journalist and frequent speaker on citizen journalism and new media topics.  | Justin's innovative use of social media with JSHN during Superstorm Sandy resulted in accolades from the White House, the United Way, the Red Cross, and CNN.  | He also writes the "Down the Shore... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
MSU Conference Center: Room B University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Perfecting the Visual Narrative
Come hear this award-winning panel of multimedia journalists and filmmakers discuss how to use video to create compelling narratives around local news and events.

Moderators
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Tom Kennedy

Principal, Kennedy Multimedia LLC
Tom Kennedy is an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print and digital experience, including positions as the Managing Editor for Multimedia for The Washington Post, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Society, Deputy Graphics Director for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Managing Editor/Digital News for PBS NewsHour.  During his career, he has created, directed, and edited visual journalism stories that have... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben De La Cruz

Multimedia Editor, National Public Radio
Ben de la Cruz is an award-winning documentary video producer and multimedia journalist. He joined NPR as the multimedia editor for the science desk in June 2012. In this role, he will serve as the visual architect for coverage of global health, science, environment, energy, food and agriculture. Ben began his career as a multimedia journalist at washingtonpost.com in January 2000. During his 12-year career there, he helped create the newspaper... Read More →
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Rachel Falcone

Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Sandy Storyline
Rachel Falcone uses oral history, art and technology to engage people in the telling of their own stories. She is Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the award-winning transmedia storytelling project Sandy Storyline. | | For the last 6 years she has produced first person stories about the housing crisis, and the human right to housing movement, as part of her multimedia project Housing is a Human Right. The project's latest release is Home, a... Read More →
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Michael Premo

Co-Creator & Executive Producer, Sandy Storyline
Michael Premo is a multidisciplinary artist, photojournalist and cultural organizer. He has created, produced and presented original works of art and media with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, Company One, EarSay, Inc., and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps. He’s a Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Sandy Storyline (www.sandystoryline.com), a participatory... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
MSU Conference Center: Room C University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

3:20pm

Break
Stretch your legs and grab a snack as we get ready for the final sessions of the day. 

Friday April 25, 2014 3:20pm - 3:40pm
MSU Conference Center: Lobby University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

3:40pm

Embedding Local Journalism: A Case Study
Boston Globe journalists talk about their groundbreaking, award-winning news project 68 Blocks, a year spent reporting on life in one Boston community.

Moderators
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Marc H. Rosenweig

ssociate Professor of Television and Digital Media, Montclair State University School of Communication and Media
Marc Rosenweig is associate professor of Television and Digital Media at Montclair State University. He spent more than three decades as a television reporter, producer, executive producer and program executive. He was a member of program management teams that launched CNBC and the YES Network for the New York Yankees. Marc was senior vice president of programming and production for King World Productions and senior executive producer at... Read More →

Speakers
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Maria Cramer

Reporter, Boston Globe
Maria Cramer covers crime and courts for The Boston Globe, where she has worked since December, 2003. Since then, she has covered some of the city's most notorious criminals, including James "Whitey" Bulger, the German national Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter and the Craigslist Killer. Last year, she was part of the team that covered the Boston Marathon bombings and the search for the suspects. In 2012, she was one of five reporters who worked on... Read More →
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Meghan Irons

Reporter, Boston Globe
Meghan E. Irons is a City Hall reporter for The Boston Globe. Over the past 12 years, she's covered a range of stories there, from the historic change of power in the mayor's office in Boston, to the growing income disparity among Bostonians, to the launch of a new commuter rail that serves as a window of economic hope into the city's struggling communities. Her most recent work includes team coverage of the Boston Marathon... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 3:40pm - 4:40pm
MSU Conference Center: Room A University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

3:40pm

How We Did It
News entrepreneurs share the secrets to their success and what they've learned about running their own businesses.

Moderators
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Steven D. Waldman

Entrepreneur & Founder, Daily Bridge Media & Beliefnet
Steven Waldman is a journalist, entrepreneur, digital content pioneer, media executive and national advocate for robust accountability journalism in the broadband age. | | Waldman spent the first part of his career as a magazine journalist. He was National Editor of US News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek, covering government and consumer issues out of the Washignton bureau. | | In 1998, he founded... Read More →

Speakers
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Ned Berke

Editor & Publisher, Sheepshead Bites LLC
Ned Berke (Editor & Publisher) is a lifelong Sheepshead Bay resident. A Rutgers University alum, he has worked in community press, trade publications and international/travel reporting before launching Sheepshead Bites in 2008 and Bensonhurst Bean in 2011. His work at Sheepshead Bites has won accolades from New York City news outlets, including being named Best Local Blog in 2010 (The L Magazine) and Best Local Affairs Website in 2011... Read More →
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John Mooney

Founder & Editor, NJ Spotlight
John Mooney is the founder and editor of NJ Spotlight. Before founding NJ Spotlight in 2009, John Mooney covered education in New Jersey for 15 years as a reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record and as a contributing writer for The New York Times. He has won numerous state and national awards, including honors from the Education Writers Association and the American Society of News Editors. John also has spoken... Read More →
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Howard Owens

Publisher, The Batavian
Howard Owens is originally from San Diego California, where he started his journalism career 20 years ago as co-publisher of a community weekly. He has been a daily newspaper reporter and editor. In 1995, he launched East County Online, a web site for six community weeklies in San Diego County. It was the first web site serving a group of weekly papers. He was director of new media for The Ventura County Star, which won the Online News... Read More →


Friday April 25, 2014 3:40pm - 4:40pm
MSU Conference Center: Room C University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

3:40pm

Setting Your News Metabolism
In this 24-7 age of journalism, learn how to stay on top of the news while pacing yourself and remaining true to your mission and brand. 

Moderators
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Debbie Galant

Associate Director, NJ News Commons/Center for Cooperative Media
Debbie Galant is associate director of the NJ News Commons/Center for Cooperative Media, which is dedicated to supporting and improving local journalism in New Jersey. Galant’s work spans the NJ News Commons and the Center, as she helps to lead training and development and to provide services and resources to meet all partners' needs. Galant is the founder of Baristanet, one of the first successful hyperlocal sites in the United States. She... Read More →

Speakers
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Jerry DeMarco

Publisher, CLIFFVIEW PILOT
Editor/Publisher Jerry DeMarco launched CliffviewPilot.com, a Bergen County-based breaking news site, in June 2009. The last decade of a 28-year newspaper career he was Digital News Director, Breaking News Editor and Law & Order Editor with North Jersey Media Group. As a reporter he covered crime, state and federal courts, the Connecticut statehouse and local government, and won Clarion, Heywood Broun and Deadline Club (twice) awards.


Friday April 25, 2014 3:40pm - 4:40pm
MSU Conference Center: Room B University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

3:40pm

Beyond Banners: New Revenue Streams for Local Startups
As local startups explore new revenue streams, they're gaining valuable intelligence about what works and how to move beyond ads. In this session, creative entrepreneurial journalists will each share five key takeaways about new revenue approaches that range from print products to business services and neighborhood loyalty programs. 

Moderators
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Jeremy Caplan

Director, CUNY's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism
Jeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He recently served as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. | He has written for Time Magazine on business, technology and cultural trends. He's covered tech  companies including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Apple. Caplan was a Wiegers Fellow... Read More →

Speakers
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Annette Batson

Director of Advertising Sales, Baristanet.com, BaristaKids.com, Broadstreet Network
I love the business of business - connections among people places and things. I love talking to people from different walks of life, about what they like to do for work and how they do it. I enjoy helping people reach their marketing and advertising objectives, by connecting them to the most effective digital advertising platforms I can offer.   | | A native of Marin Co, CA, I have a B.A. in Anthropology and Romance Language,  a... Read More →
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Katarina Hybenova

editor, Bushwick Daily
Katarina Hybenova is the founder and editor of popular website about a hip Brooklyn neighborhood, BushwickDaily.com. She is also a 2014 fellow at Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism; and an award-winning photojournalist. Born and raised in Slovakia, Katarina has studied law in Prague, Czech Republic; Leuven, Belgium and New York. She has departed the career in corporate law to pursue hyperlocal blogging full time.
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Friday April 25, 2014 3:40pm - 4:40pm
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

4:50pm

The Future of Local Journalism Town Hall
Moderator Jeff Jarvis will lead conference attendees in a thought-provoking conversation on the future of local media and the big ideas of the day.

Moderators
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Jeff Jarvis

Director, CUNY Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism
Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and... Read More →

Friday April 25, 2014 4:50pm - 6:00pm
MSU Conference Center: Main Ballroom University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ

6:00pm

Closing Reception
Unwind after a long day of sessions and network with fellow conference-goers. 

Friday April 25, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
MSU Conference Center: Lobby University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ