Keynote panel: Innovations and traditions in investigative journalism
It’s no secret that traditional news organizations have cut back on investigative journalism. But Paul Steiger and Jeffrey Klein have found ways to prioritize, finance, and promote investigative reporting in the digital age. What does the investigative journalism landscape look like now, and what is the impact on government and society? How far should journalists go to expose the truth? How can investigative reporting be strengthened in the digital era, and what can young people do to get involved?
Moderator: Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Jeffrey Klein, co-founder, Mother Jones
  • Paul Steiger, editor in chief, president, & CEO, ProPublica
Panel I: Career paths in today’s media landscape
The days when a copy job in the newsroom provided the main entry point into the industry are far behind us, and the notion of a “traditional” career path in journalism has been lost in a web of opportunities that can be difficult to navigate. Five successful journalists at varying points in their careers, who took distinct paths to get there, will use their personal experiences to explain how career options have evolved in recent years and shed light on the opportunities available to aspiring journalists today.
Moderators: Sarah Darville, editor in chief, Columbia Daily Spectator and Rega Jha, chair, Columbia InterPublications Association
  • Joe Coscarelli, assistant editor, Daily Intel
  • Emily Gould, founder, Emily Books
  • Megan Greenwell, senior editor, ESPN the Magazine
  • Joy Resmovits, national education reporter, Huffington Post
  • Margaret Sullivan, public editor, New York Times
Panel II: Modern media revenue strategies
As modes of communication change, so too do the monetization strategies of information providers. With print advertising out of style due to tremendous online readership numbers, and web-based subscriptions struggling among the vastness of free internet content, news companies are reimagining their approaches to revenue generation. The monetization question, however, remains the same: How can newspapers and online publications leverage their positions as well-regarded and well-read sources of information?
Moderator: Matt Skibinski, vice president of affiliate relations, Press+
  • Jason Chupick, vice president for public relations, Harper’s Magazine
  • Jonathan Dunn, associate principal, media & entertainment practice, McKinsey & Company
  • Bill Grueskin, dean of academic affairs, Columbia Journalism School
  • Choire Sicha, founder & editor in chief, The Awl
  • Jon Steinberg, president & chief operating officer, BuzzFeed
  • Matt Turck, publisher, Slate
Panel III: Next steps for digital journalism
Today’s journalists understand that a printed product no longer defines the industry; its focus has shifted to integrating strong reporting with online tools, blogs, and social media. This panel will discuss the significance of these permanent changes, and will question the current status of the relationship between the reporter and the reader, the media and the public, and where the industry will move next now that once-new tools are now mainstream.
Moderator: Nick Summers, staff writer, Bloomberg BusinessweekPanelists:
  • Blake Eskin, co-founder & editorial director, 29th Street Publishing
  • Katherine Goldstein, innovations editor, Slate
  • Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor, The Guardian
  • Gabriel Snyder, editor, Atlantic Wire
  • Brian Stelter, media reporter, New York Times