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Knight Center receives $600,000 from Knight Foundation to expand its online training program for journalists

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will expand its online journalism education program over the next four years thanks to a $600,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read more »


Brazilian man sentenced to 18 years in prison for 2012 murder of journalist Décio Sá

On April 13, a Brazilian court sentenced Marcos Bruno Silva de Oliveira to 18 years in prison for involvement in the 2012 murder of journalist Décio Sá. This is Oliveira’s second trial; he appealed the first sentenced and had it annulled.

According to site G1, "Oliveira is identified as the motorcyclist who helped confessed murderer Jhonathan de Sousa Silva to escape.” Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Bots and messaging applications continue to evolve, meeting the audience where they are, say experts

People in creative industries, including the news media, have become increasingly excited about the future of bots and messaging applications and how they might be used to meet audiences in the digital spaces where they spend their time, heard the audience at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Virtual reality has potential to enhance storytelling but logistics are uncertain, journalism experts state


By David Maly

Journalism experts expressed optimism for the future of virtual reality in the field during a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, stating that much is still uncertain and current issues include the skills required to produce content, its availability to the public, cost and developing ethical standards around the storytelling tool. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Scholars discuss omnipresent journalism, digital native media, sensational headlines and reluctance to comment


By Kyser Lough

The second research panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16, included topics such as digital native media, omnipresent journalism, sensational headline writing and the “spiral of silence” possibly impacting online news forums.

Kathleen McElroy, assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, led the discussion. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: From newsgames in Russia, to citizen journalism in Kenya, creative journalists confront hostile media environments

From a media outlet that pays citizens to report from remote areas of Kenya to a portal that uses humor as its main strategy to inform Russians, journalism faces different challenges in different cultural and social contexts. Creativity, however, seems to be a common skill that media entrepreneurs shared in addressing their problems at theInternational Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: No holding back from Re/code’s irrepressible Kara Swisher and her views on Silicon Valley and digital trends

Re/code co-founder and executive editor Kara Swisher offered her cutting analysis of Silicon Valley and the digital future in a wide-ranging and often hilariously profane address before the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Saturday, April 16. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Online journalism research trends such as virtual reality, millenials and headline uncertainty addressed by scholars

Trends in online journalism research — such as virtual reality storytelling, millenials and the news, and degrees of certainty in headlines — were some of the topics explored during a breakfast panel held Saturday, April 16, at the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Researchers cover security and use of Twitter, accountability journalism and virtual reality storytelling


By Kyser Lough

The first research panel discussion at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15, covered topics ranging from accountability journalism, journalists’ security and use of Twitter, and the employment of virtual worlds in storytelling. Read more »


ISOJ 2016: Social media has blurred the line between journalism and activism, but panel says important differences remain

The question of what is the difference between journalism and activism animated the discussion during a panel at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 15. Panelists agreed that although the line between the two has become harder to discern in the age of social media, there are still some important and key differences between journalists and activists. Read more »


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