May 3: Innovations in Journalism Expo

[ Here’s an event I’m producing via Indy Arts for the local SPJ chapter. Hope to see you there! ]


“Creating a Brighter Future”

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

A showcase for breakthroughs in business, technology, media and democracy

The Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA



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PRE-ORDER your tickets today, prices increase at the door:

$12 admission (pre-order only) for members of SPJ-NorCal, Independent Arts & Media, the Maynard Institute, AAJA, NAJA, NAHJ, BABJA,, and other Expo sponsors.


Speed-career counseling; reserve your space now — deadline April 28

SPONSOR the Expo and gain promotional benefits. Call 415/677-9877, online at:



The Innovations in Journalism Expo is a unique, one-day event showcasing cutting-edge work that combines journalism, technology, new business models, and philanthropy. Come and participate in lively discussions that will bring truly fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table regarding the “future of journalism.”

Featured panelists include GENEVA OVERHOLSER (“On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change”), JON FUNABIKI (SFSU professor, former Ford Foundation officer), DAVID TALBOT ( founder), REESE ERLICH (international print and radio freelancer), DAVID OLMOS (former Los Angeles Times health editor), ROSE AGUILAR of Your Call Radio, SANDIP ROY of New America Media and many more.



The Expo is produced by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California and Independent Arts & Media, in conjunction with NewsTools2008/Journalism That Matters-Silicon Valley (April 30-May 2 @ Yahoo), and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

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9:00-9:45 a.m. WELCOME! Set up and Settle in
Join us for bagels, coffee and socializing. This is also the time for Expo sponsors to show up and set up.

9:45-10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Welcome comments from Linda Jue, president of the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California.



10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: KEYNOTE — “New Money, New Media, New Hope”

ROSE AGUILAR hosts the daily public affairs show Your Call on KALW-FM. Her forthcoming book, “Red Highways,” will be out in September. The book collects political interviews with people living and voting in so-called “red states,” and calls for a more thoughtful and productive dialogue in the media and between people with differing views. She will speak about what the public wants from journalism, and what it gets.

PERSEPHONE MIEL is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at The Harvard Law School where she directs the Media Re:public project, examining the impact of participatory journalism on the information environment. Prior to joining Berkman, she spent more than 12 years with Internews Network, an international NGO supporting independent media around the world.

GENEVA OVERHOLSER is the newly appointed director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. She previously held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, in its Washington, D.C., bureau. She is a frequent print, broadcast and online media critic, and the author of “On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change.”

DAVID TALBOT, the founder and former editor-in-chief of, is also the author of New York Times bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.” He recently launched a media and entertainment company called The Talbot Players with his brother Steve, executive producer of PBS’ Frontline World. He is also helping develop the San Francisco Free Press, a nonprofit Bay Area news engine that aims to combine the best of professional and citizens’ journalism.

MODERATOR: CYNTHIA GORNEY is a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley, a magazine writer (with regular contributions to National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Oprah, Runners World and Harpers, among others), an occasional radio host of KQED-FM’s Forum, and the author of “Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars.”



11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. NEW CAREERS: Next steps, new opportunities

Layoffs, buyouts, cutbacks and consolidations have claimed the jobs of hundreds of journalists in the Bay Area, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the San Jose Mercury News. This panel will examine next steps for the casualties of the business crisis that’s currently devastating news media.

TOM BALLANTYNE, “career doctor” for journalists and others, on career changes and transitions for the many Bay Area journalists reeling from the recent layoffs at MediaNews publications and other properties.

REESE ERLICH reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. He also writes for San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, and the Dallas Morning News. His first book, “Target Iraq,” was a best seller; his second book, “The Iran Agenda,” came out in late 2007 and he’s now working on a third, chronicling 40 years of reporting from Cuba.

LESLIE GUEVARRA is a transitioning media and communications professional with more than 25 years experience as a news reporter, editor and senior newsroom manager in print. She has also been a public affairs program host and associate producer in television, and a podcaster. Her leadership roles have included director of newsroom hiring and staff development and interim head of human resources for a newsroom of more than 500 people. She is a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association’s San Francisco Chapter and most recently was a deputy managing editor for the Chronicle.

BRUCE KOON is news director of KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. He oversees a 20-person newsroom that produces regional news programming for Northern California and a statewide program, The California Report. Previously, he was executive news editor of Knight Ridder Digital. His online team contributed to the effort that earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Biloxi Sun Herald coverage of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. A founding board member of the Online News Association, Koon also has been an editor for the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune and a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and National Observer.

FREE CAREER COUNSELING: Professional career coaches will be on hand Saturday afternoon for free 10- to 15-minute speed consulting sessions about career transitioning. They’re available for a quick critique of your resume or to provide tips on interviewing, networking and the right next steps for you. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER so we have enough consultants on deck. To participate, pre-order tickets for the main event, and click the “Career Counseling Signup” option in the order form. SIGNUP DEADLINE: APRIL 28



11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. THE NEWSROOM: Growth, change, adaptation

What are the secrets of success for a newsroom in today’s economy? This panel examines both the realities of growing opportunities in segmented and hyperlocal markets, as well as the gap between what’s offered these markets and what they really want.

ANDREW FITZGERALD, head of Collective Journalism, Current TV’s Vanguard news division, is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television where he studied alternative forms of documentary filmmaking. Prior to Current, Andrew worked for Channel One News, where he co-produced Channel One’s first user-generated project around the 2004 elections. He joined Current in August of 2005, quickly making his mark producing Current’s award-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage.

DAN GILLMOR, the founding director of the new Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is also founder of the Center for Citizen Media, and an outspoken advocate for new media technologies, methods and funding models.

KOUROSH KARIMKHANY is vice president of corporate development at CondeNet, the online arm of Conde Nast Publication, where he has overseen the integration of, and Prior to that, he was General Manager of, the senior producer of Yahoo! News and Weather, and product manager at Yahoo! Games. He also has written extensively about technology for Bloomberg News and Reuters. He holds a BA in economics from UC Irvine and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University.

TROY MAY, publisher of the growing lesbian/gay lifestyle publication ON Magazine (formerly OutNow Magazine), addresses the topic of good reporting and selling advertising, and the synergy between print and online publications.

CHRIS RAUBER, reporter for the San Francisco Business Times, notes that his parent company has publications in 45 American cities, and at a time of retreat for daily journalism is actually hiring. “Business journals are successful,” he says, “because they target a niche audience that is interested in the specific news they have to offer.”

MODERATOR: TOM MURPHY is CEO and Editor in Chief of, a national news site designed for readers over 40. Prior to that, Murphy was the founding Managing Editor of, a Bloomberg correspondent and the AP news supervisor in San Francisco.


12:45-1:45 p.m. LUNCH + PUBLIC SPACE
Take a break, circulate, shake hands, trade business cards, catch up, cool down, and generally propose, propound, present, pontificate and participate.




Panels, speakers and topics presented opportunistically based on NewsTools 2008 proceedings April 30-May 2



1:45-3:00 JOURNALISM BEFORE PROFITS: The Future of Public Media

Much heralded as the future of media, the Internet has proven much more difficult to monetize. Large corporations are learning how to implement the ad-driven model online, but still struggle, even as smaller sites and bloggers leverage Google Adwords to build small empires. But what else is possible? How can public media and TRADITIONAL media, such as print, blaze new trails in the New Media Economy?

TED GLASSER (professor of communication, Stanford University) focuses on media practices and performance, with emphasis on questions of press responsibility and accountability. His books include Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James S. Ettema, and The Idea of Public Journalism.

DAVID OLMOS, a former reporter, editor and Pulitzer finalist at the Los Angeles Times, discusses new models for specialized reporting. Olmos, the former Health Editor at the L.A. Times, is developing a project to produce explanatory reporting on health issues in California.

MICHAEL STOLL & JOSH WILSON: Two working journalists who have taken the plunge as nonprofit entrepreneurs, Wilson and Stoll are building a nonprofit, commercial-free infrastructure for serious journalism at the community level. Through their sponsoring agency, Independent Arts & Media, they are exploring new ideas for both online newsrooms ( and that cornerstone of community journalism, newsprint (The Public Press).

SANDIP ROY is an editor with New America Media and host of its radio show UpFront on KALW 91.7 FM. He manages New America Media’s immigration beat and writes regularly for mainstream and ethnic media including San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, India Currents, India Abroad and The Times of India. He is also a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and has appeared on CNN International, This Week in Northern California and co-hosts Your Call with Rose Aguilar on KALW. He has received awards from the South Asian Journalists Association, Trikone, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

MODERATOR: LOUIS FREEDBERG, a former editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, is the founder of the California Media Collaborative, which promotes dialogue among key representatives of the California media with leaders in key California constituencies, including academia, philanthropy and public policy and other nonprofit organizations in order to devise and implement new strategies for improved coverage of the state.



Is there funding for new public and independent media? What role does the philanthropic sector have in this formula? How do the strengths and disadvantages of the nonprofit model play out? Is the traditional public-media model even viable? How does the philanthropic sector simultaneously drive and need to adapt to new media realities?

DAVID COHN has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and the New York Times, among others. He’s also worked with,, the expanding citizen journalism network Broowaha, and is developing an innovative new funding mechanism that’s been likened to “Kiva for Journalism” called Spot Reporting.

JON FUNABIKI is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where he works at the Center for Renaissance Journalism, a new interdisciplinary center on emerging opportunities for community, ethnic and other forms of news media. Previously he was the Ford Foundation’s deputy director of media, arts & culture.

SUSAN MISRA senior consultant at the TCC Group, manages the Challenge Fund for Journalism (CFJ), a joint grantmaking initiative of the Ford Foundation, James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, McCormick Tribune Foundation, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. She has also provided strategic planning and evaluation services to a number of philanthropies including the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Stuart Foundation, and Campion Foundation. Misra received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

MARC SMOLOWITZ, an Academy Award-nominated documentary film producer, is the Technology Circle Chair of the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization in the SF Bay Area. He is a member of the Full Circle board of directors, and a producer at the online video startup Tellytopia.

MODERATOR: LINDA JUE (President, SPJ-NorCal; Director, New Voices in Independent Journalism; Executive Editor, George Washington Williams Fellowship) is a longtime advocate of free and independent media, and was associate director and a founding staff member of the Independent Press Association. She brings insight into the challenges of both mustering funding for the independent press, and sustaining nonprofit media infrastructure.

4:45 p.m.: Closing Comments & Thanks

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SPONSOR THE EXPO … and get significant promotional benefits
Businesses, nonprofits, schools, community organizations and advocacy groups are invited to sponsor the Innovations in Journalism Expo. Spread the word about your good works to a select community of journalism leaders, educators, advocates and practitioners. Call 415/677-9877 for details.
Get Sponsorship info online:

Sponsor Benefits include:
Logo placement and link on Web site
Logo placement and contact info in Expo printed program and press materials
Advertising options in the May 3 Expo program
Individual promotional table at the May 3 Expo, with high-visibility exhibitor space
Discounted Expo tickets for your membership

For more event information, contact Josh Wilson, edit at, 415/677-9877 or Ricardo Sandoval, rsandovalpalos at, 916/321-1018.

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