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Friday, June 7

1:45pm EDT

Get your students working with the pros

This is a two-semester class I am currently teaching at Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing Program. The first semester, journalism students did written profiles of seven year olds across Baltimore and articles on systemic problems confronting our city's youth. This semester, my writing students are joining forces with undergrads in the Film and Media Studies department and I am co-teaching the class with filmmaker Matthew Porterfield. The project is supported by a $10,000 “Idea Lab” grant, funded through the JHU President’s office, that I secured to cover project expenses like the beautiful photo, above, by Baltimore photographer J.M. Giordano.

KAREN HOUPPERT is the Associate Director of the M.A. in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins. She was a contributing writer for The Washington Post magazine for several years and now freelances for many magazines, covering social and political issues.
A former staff writer for The Village Voice for nearly ten years, she has won several awards for her coverage, including a 1991 National Women’s Political Caucus Award for feature writing, a 2003 Newswomen’s Club of New York “Front Page Award,” a 2011 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print, and 2015 and 2016 Maryland/DC/Delaware Press Association Award—as well as bringing in 18 MDDC journalism awards for her staff that year while she served as editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper. She was twice an ASME National Magazine Award finalist and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 for her essay “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Interrupted.”
She has won numerous fellowships, grants and residencies including a 2013 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellow, a 2012 John Jay Public Welfare Reporting Fellow, a 2008 Kaiser Media Fellow, multiple Nation Institute Investigative grants, a 2010 Lucy Grealy memorial writing grant, a Casey Journalism fellowship, a MacDowell Colony residency, two Mabou Mines artist residencies, and a New York State Council on the Arts grant.
Houppert’s reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, Newsday, Baltimore City Paper, The Nation, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, Ms, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Self, and Parenting—and many other media outlets.
She is the author of three nonfiction books, a contributor to five, and co-author of the Obie-award winning play “Boys in the Basement” based on her trial coverage of a rape in Glen Ridge, New Jersey—as well as several other plays.

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Karen Houppert

Associate Director of the M.A. in Writing Program, Johns Hopkins

Friday June 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Naughton room

1:45pm EDT

Hackathon Style Classes and Projects
A hackathon is an event where all kinds of people come together in a sprint-like effort to create (usually) a project, an app or a software or a new use for a software.  These events can include everyone from graphic designers to programmers and, yes, journalists.
Robert Hernandez calls himself a "hackademic" and has conducted several of these sprint projects.

Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM. Their work can be seen in The New York Times, NPR and in their own iOS/Android app. He has served on boards that have included Chicas Poderosas, InquireFirst and the Online News Association. He is a Journalism 360 ambassador and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

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Robert Hernandez

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg
Robert Hernandez, one of the few true veterans of Web journalism, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Barnes Conference Room

1:45pm EDT

The places you can send students to find data for stories (and assignments)
What could your students learn about:
-Crime in your city
-Who is your community's biggest polluter?
-Who are the biggest financial backers of your local congresspersons?
-How much money do local charities bring in and how do they spend the donations?
-How safe is the food at the most popular restaurants in town? What about your college stadium?

Stephen Stock will show you where to find data and how to make sense of it.

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Stephen Stock

Investigative Reporter, NBC Bay Area
For 35 years NBC Bay Area Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock has covered everything from hurricanes to space shuttles, Ford truck fires to fracking, day cares to aviation, inmate tax scams to California’s water crisis. Among the awards he’s won are the Peabody, DuPont... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Saturday, June 8

1:45pm EDT

Fighting Truth Decay - How to teach students to fight "fake news"
As strange as it sounds, "fake news" is real.  I will show you how to detect fakes and why and how fakers fake.  From the dark web including 4Chan and 8chan to QAnon, False Flags and accusations of "crisis actors" we will navigate the minefields that make journalism more difficult than ever.
Come prepared to collect a ton of new ideas to teach this fall.  I will show you SPECIFIC examples of fakery.

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Al Tompkins

Senior Faculty, Poynter
Al Tompkins is the senior faculty for Broadcasting and Online at Poynter.He is the father of TEACHAPALOOZAHe is a licensed drone pilot. He teaches journalists and journalism all over the world. His client list includes NBC, CBS, CNN, CBC, CTV, The United Nations, and dozens of TV... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Barnes Conference Room

1:45pm EDT

Legal Myths that journalism students and teachers fall for
Previously, he was the executive director of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in Washington, D.C. since 2008.  During his tenure, he launched a number of major programming initiatives, including the “New Voices” initiative that has resulted in enactment of fortified legal protections for student journalists in 13 states, and the “Active Voice” fellowship program for college undergraduates to design “press freedom service projects” amplifying the voices of young women, who experience the brunt of school censorship.
Before joining the SPLC, LoMonte practiced law with Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP in Atlanta and clerked for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Prior to embarking on his legal career, he was an investigative journalist and political columnist. He was the capitol correspondent for the Florida Times Union (Jacksonville), Washington correspondent for Morris News Service and the Atlanta bureau chief for Morris.

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Frank LoMonte

Director - Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida
Frank LoMonte was named director of the Brechner Center in August 2017.Previously, he was the executive director of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in Washington, D.C. since 2008.  During his tenure, he launched a number of major programming initiatives, including the “New... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
The Amphitheatre

1:45pm EDT

Teaching students to handle trolls and haters
We all know that journalists get rude or offensive comments.   I am continually disgusted and amazed with the emails, tweets, voicemails from viewers to young MMJ’s.  The two biggest topics in the MMJane facebook group: how to make a living when you earn so little (side hustles, savings on clothes, etc.) and people needing a safe place to vent about online harassment.  

As their teacher, these students turn to you for survival advice. This session will help you prepare.

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Bethany Swain

Lecturer, University of Maryland
Bethany Swain is a journalist turned educator.  Like many many educators she has noticed that her students seem increasingly reluctant to go out on face-to-face interviews.  Bethany will talk about how she is working with her students to prepare them to interview.This is less about... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Naughton room