Volunteer Opportunity: 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is in search of a few student volunteers to assist with the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual global conference that brings more than 200 media executives, journalists and scholars from the United States and around the world to the University of Texas at Austin on April 20-21. The conference is now open for registration.
ISOJ is unlike any other conference because it offers a unique blend of academic research and perspectives from online journalism industry leaders.

The opening keynote speaker will be Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google. Gingras, a former television journalist and founder and chief executive officer of Salon.com, has more than 30 years experience in the development of online services, software, and new media.

Other keynote speakers include: Jim Moroney III, publisher and chief executive officer of The Dallas Morning News, a daily newspaper at the forefront of seeking new ways to continue providing public service journalism; Raju Narisetti, the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and a former managing editor of The Washington Post; and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and the Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.

Benefits: Volunteers will have the $30 registration fee waived. All volunteers get a t-shirt to wear during the event, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks. It’s a great networking opportunity, both for journalism/comm students, but also Latino Media Studies students, because journalists will be attending from Portugal, Span, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, etc. Four research panels will be offered during the event, so the event also provides great exposure to academic research.

Interested? Contact Clare Boyle. (clare.boyle.knight@gmail.com)
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
1 University Station, A1000
School of Journalism
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-471-1391
Fax: 512-232-7685

Commitment: The event is 8:30 am – 5:45pm on both days, but we would ask volunteers (if able and not hungover) to arrive at 7:30am to help with prep, set up, posting signs, registering guests (they’ve all already registered online, but passing out nametags). We don’t require volunteers be working the whole time. Whatever they can do (so long as it’s a few hours) we’re happy. Other tasks mights include ushering guests into the auditorium, passing around mics during Q&A sessions, and generally being on hand for those crisis moments.

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