Who is speaking this year?
This is a list of confirmed speakers. We will post many more soon. Please check back for updates.
Raney Aronson-Rath is the Deputy Executive Producer of the PBS public affairs series FRONTLINE. Much of her work involves re-imagining long-form documentary work and developing cross-platform journalism partnerships with premier news outlets. Her multiplatform storytelling projects include the Polk Award-winning Law and Disorder, Emmy Award-winner Big Money 2012, and most recently, Concussion Watch and League of Denial, which investigated concussions in the NFL. Prior to managing FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath produced several notable FRONTLINE films: News War, The Last Abortion Clinic, and The Jesus Factor. She has also worked as a producer at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. She received her master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Aronson-Rath will present “Long form: To Be or Not to Be?” People increasingly consume media in short bursts, so why continue with long-form storytelling? After years of making films at FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath has learned a few enduring truths about telling important stories. Compelling narratives, original journalism, characters that resonate -- these aspects of stories still hold an audience’s attention, distracted as they may be. In a multimedia presentation, Aronson-Rath will show that when we find the right story and the right form, time and time again, people stick around to hear the end, often wanting more.
Caryn Bush Baird is a Senior News Researcher at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). She was the sole researcher on both the 2009 Pulitzer Prize story The Girl in the Window, written by Lane DeGregory, and the National Headliner finalist Inside Scientology series by Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs. She shares research credit on several other award-winning stories. Working alongside reporters and editors for 15 years, she has helped to nail down facts, found experts to quote, provided historical context and located cell phone numbers of sources.
Baird will present "Researching your Narrative." Need to find the weather the morning your subject killed his wife? Need to snag an interview with a fugitive on the run? Caryn Baird will present a practical working model of narrative research based on her 15 years of experience at the Tampa Bay Times.
Jacqui Banaszynski worked in newspapers for 30 years, and now teaches journalists around the world. She is on faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism and the Poynter Institute. At the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. In 1986, her coverage of the African famine was a Pulitzer finalist. Her edited projects have won national awards for business, investigative, environmental, human interest and sports reporting. She believes in the Green Bay Packers, the first snow of winter and the power of stories to help us see.
Banaszynski will present "These Three Things Endure: Craft, Courage, and Compassion." With thanks and apologies to Corinthians, a journalistic believer reflects on daring to care.
She will also lead the breakout discussion "The Art of the Interview: Turning Story Subjects into Storytellers." Beyond the Q&A to a vibrant dynamic dance of sparkling dialogue, memorable moments, put-me-there scenes and revelatory details.
Follow her: @JacquiB
Dan Barry is a national columnist for The New York Times who has reported from all 50 states. His work in recent years has included coverage of Hurricane Katrina, an execution in Tennessee, and a five-part examination, in multimedia form, of the shifting American dream as experienced by the denizens of Donna’s Diner in Elyria, Ohio. He joined the Times in 1995, and his column, “This Land,” has run in the Times since 2007, supplanting his earlier column, “About New York.” He has written three books – Pull Me Up: A Memoir; City Lights: Stories About New York; and Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game, which won the 2012 PEN/ ESPN Award for Literary Sports writing. Barry began his career at the Manchester, Connecticut, Journal Inquirer and then moved to the Providence Journal, where he was on the investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing corruption in the Rhode Island courts. He has been a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer twice, and has won other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for deadline reporting.
Barry will present a talk on storytelling, from the brevity of a newspaper column to the expansiveness of a book. The session will involve an interview with two writers who have worked in both forms: Dan Barry and Adam Hochschild, an author and historian who writes narrative stories within varied frameworks.
Dave Blum works for Amazon.com. He is editor of Kindle Singles, a store for original, long-form fiction and nonfiction on Kindle. He began his career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, the New York Press and 02138 Magazine. He has been a writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at New York and Esquire magazines. He has written two books: Flash in the Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant and Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes. He holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago.
Dave Blum will present "Reporting Your Own Story: How to Write And Publish A Personal Reported Narrative." Is there a common ground between journalism and memoir? Yes, and a leading editor believes it's fertile territory for great narrative storytelling. When first-person writers master the art of merging reporting and memoir, they'll graduate from the blogosphere into the mainstream media – and make a real living at their craft.
Jennifer Bogo is the executive editor at Popular Science, where she orchestrates coverage on topics ranging from medical breakthroughs and space exploration to advances in alternative energy and robotics. Her edited stories have been awarded National Magazine Awards and included in The Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. Bogo frequently appears on radio and television programs to explain science and technology news. She has a degree in environmental science and biology and has traveled to research stations from the Arctic to the Antarctic to report feature stories herself.
Bogo will join Saturday’s “Pitch Or Strike Out” panel and Sunday’s science journalism panel.
Follow her: @jenbogo
Jennifer Brandel is the founder and senior producer of WBEZ Chicago’s Curious City, a new model for public-powered adventures in reporting and one of ten projects to emerge from AIR’s Localore initiative. Brandel's radio work has aired on WBEZ, NPR, APM, PRX, and the CBC. Her multimedia work extends to photography for Vice and The New York Times, news videos for the Baha'i Faith, and music videos for Andrew Bird. In previous lives, she managed the Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference, ran a women-only dance happening, ghostwrote for exotic dancers and the late John Hughes, and picked grapes in Tasmania.
Brandel will present "Power to the People: Activating an Audience Before You’ve Written a Word." What would happen if you let strangers decide what you reported on, they came along as you reported, and you showed the public at large your work as you went? Brandel’s radio project, Curious City, is all about public involvement. She’ll explain a dynamic plan in which audience is central to storytelling.
Follow her: @JnnBrndl
David Carr is a business columnist and culture reporter for The New York Times. Every Monday, his Media Equation" column explores the implications of the changing media landscape. He also writes about film, television, music and theater for the culture pages. Carr is the author of The Night of the Gun, a New York Times bestseller that applied the tools of reporting to the genre of memoir. When he’s not too busy on Twitter, he writes, blogs and makes videos on various topics at the Times. He has done his share of big heaves - that's what newspaper hacks call long form - on subjects ranging from Neil Young, to Harvey Weinstein, to Ruth Shalit. Carr was recently named the first Andrew R. Lack Professor at Boston University's College of Communication, focusing on analyzing future journalism business models.
Carr will present "Storytelling: The Killer App." Business models in journalism are morphing, technologies are evolving at a high rate, and practitioners of the craft are adding to their tool belt. (And workload). This talk, in conversation form, will explore the ways storytelling persists across and thrives in an evolving landscape.
Follow him: @carr2n
Kat Chow is a founding member of NPR’s race, ethnicity and culture team, Code Switch. Her roles include reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online and blogging. She tweets for @NPRCodeSwitch and created @TodayIn1963, a Twitter feed with nearly 23,000 followers that “live-tweeted” events from that pivotal year as if they were happening today. She has previously reported for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh, and worked on NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage in Vancouver.
Chow will present "Can Social Media Be Long Form? Harnessing your community's help to build narratives using social media." How can you use Twitter to tease out a story? We’re not just talking about promoting content you have elsewhere. We’re talking about using social media — and your followers' wit and wisdom and observations— to craft and tell the story.
Follow her: @katchow
Roy Clark is a writer and teacher of writing. He has served as the dean, vice president, senior scholar, and a board member The Poynter Institute, where he taught since 1979. He has written and edited 17 books on writing and journalism, including the well-known Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, which started as a talk at this conference and has been downloaded as a podcast more than a million times. Clark began teaching in Alabama, and moved on to the St. Petersburg Times as writing coach. He was founding director of the National Writers Workshops. His work has been featured by NPR, Today and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Clark has played in rock bands since high school and uses music to convey strategies of reading and writing.
Clark will present "The Powerful Force at the Center of Great Short Narratives: Ancient Writing Secrets Revealed." Is a picture worth a thousand words? Roy Peter Clark, the author of How to Write Short, proves that a few carefully crafted words can be worth a thousand pictures. He explores territory from Proverbs to Twitter, demonstrating the purposeful craft that results in the most powerful short writing.
Ta-Nehisi Coatesis a National Correspondent for The Atlantic. He is also the author of a memoir about his unlikely road to manhood, titled The Beautiful Struggle. In 2013, Coates won a National Magazine Award. He is currently a Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT, and lives in New York with his wife and son.
Coates will join David Carr's keynote conversation on Friday afternoon.
You can't follow him, because he left Twitter.
Anne Donohue, public radio producer and editor, teaches narrative journalism at Boston University. She was the special projects editor at Monitor Radio for five years. She’s contributed to NPR, the BBC, WGBH, WBUR and other public radio programs, winning the duPont-Columbia Award for The DNA Files on NPR. She has a special interest in international news, politics, and health and has reported from China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia and throughout the United States. In 2013, Donahue lead a group of eight Boston University students to western Kenya where they worked with Kenyan students who were learning how to tell stories of public health and foreign aid. She has won many journalism awards for productions on women and AIDS, population and women’s reproductive health, and treatment of women and girls in the developing world. She authored a chapter in From Home to Homeland, and is at work on a multimedia book production about a crystal meth addict.
Donohue will convene a panel titled “Slouching Toward Storytelling: Narrative Across Borders and Boundaries.” It can be tough to convey cultural context when readers and writers don't share language or frame of reference. This panel explores making the foreign familiar and crafting narratives that capture the urgency of unglamorous, slow-burning global issues.
Author, journalist, and lecturer Jessica DuLong teaches Creative Nonfiction for the NYC-based Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop. The winner of the 2010 ASJA Outstanding Book Award for memoir, DuLong’s My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America, A Personal and Historical Journey was lauded by The New York Times as a “very fine and gutsy book,” and called “elegantly written” by Gay Talese, who added that it “carries forward the craft of literary non-fiction with grace and energy.” DuLong’s second book, Escape from Manhattan: The Untold Story of the September 11th Boatlift, is out soon. A USCG-licensed mariner, DuLong has served for 13 years as engineer on retired New York City fireboat John J. Harvey, including four years as chief.
Follow her @JessicaDuLong
David Finkel is a journalist who writes about often-overlooked lives. His most celebrated pieces include stories of refugees in Kosovo, worldwide patterns of illegal migration, political and religious opponents in Yemen, and counterinsurgents in Iraq. His reporting in Yemen won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. In his critically acclaimed 2009 book, The Good Soldiers, Finkel chronicles the eight months he spent imbedded with a U.S. Army infantry battalion in Baghdad. He brings readers deeply into the soldiers’ difficult experiences, taking readers beyond the conventions of traditional news writing. The work won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. His recent book, Thank You For Your Service, shows us the psychological and physical ailments that soldiers struggle with after they return from war and step away from the bonds of their units. He was awarded a 2012 MacArthur Fellow “genius award” in recognition of his empathic, discerning work as staff writer at the Washington Post.
In Finkel's presentation, titled "'That's my toe,' he said", he will tell the story of the most difficult sentence he has ever written in three decades of narrative journalism.
Michael Fitzgerald has written about business, technology and religion for The Boston Globe, The Economist, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and dozens of other publications. Prior to freelancing, he was a reporter and editor at Computerworld, founding news editor at ZDNet and an executive editor at redherring.com and Red Herring. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he was a 2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion. Fitzgerald has worked full time as a freelancer for twelve years. Fitzgerald will join "Can Frelancing Pay the Bills?" on Saturday morning.
Follow him: @riparian
Travis Fox is an Emmy award-winning journalist and educator, recently named the incoming director of the Visual Journalism department at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. During the decade Fox spent at the Washington Post, he was recognized for helping establish a new form of narrative video storytelling on the web. His coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned him the first Emmy Award ever presented to a web journalist. Fox later moved to FRONTLINE where he experimented with new ways to produce television through partnerships with NPR and Propublica. In 2011, Law and Disorder, a film Fox co-produced, won a George Polk award and was also nominated for an Emmy.
Fox will present "Finding your Voice in Video.” As the barriers of film production disintegrate, online video is breaking traditional broadcast forms and becoming more diverse. Fox recounts how influences as disparate as Federico Fellini and W. Eugene Smith helped him create a unique form of video storytelling. He will also offer tips on how journalists can create videos that further expand the boundaries of non-fiction online video.
Follow him: @travisfox
Adam Hochschild is speaking at his 15th narrative journalism conference this year. He started his career as a daily newspaper reporter, and went on to become a magazine writer and editor, and one of the co-founders of Mother Jones. He gradually turned to writing books – his many titles now include the memoir Half The Way Home and the historical narratives Bury the Chains and King Leopold’s Ghost. Hochschild has been a finalist for the National Book Award and twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winning To End All Wars, focuses on the First World War and its opponents. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Granta and elsewhere. He teaches a narrative writing class at the University of California at Berkeley and has taught narrative workshops for working journalists in five countries.
In addition to the keynote conversation he shares with Dan Barry, Hochschild will offer an additional talk titled "Biography of a Book in Progress," in which he will address choosing characters, events and point of view in the process of crafting and revising a book he is working on.
Meghan E. Irons is a Metro reporter for The Boston Globe. Over the past 12 years, she's covered a range of stories there, from the historic change of power in the mayor's office in Boston, to the growing income disparity among Bostonians, to the launch of a new commuter rail that serves as a window of economic hope into the city's struggling communities. Her most recent work included the Globe's award-winning embedded journalism project, 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope, which focused on one of Boston's most troubled neighborhoods. The interactive series received the Knight Award for Public Service and the 79th Headliner Award for journalism innovation.
Irons will present "The Little Things: Fresh approaches to covering the same, old place.” Irons will discuss her own experiences covering Boston's neighborhoods and its people, and the tools she uses to keep the stories interesting, topical and fresh for Globe audiences.
Follow her: @MeghanIrons
Art Jahnke is the editor of Bostonia magazine, the alumni magazine of Boston University, and the executive editor of BU Today, Boston University’s daily news website. He is a former editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CIO magazine, an editorial adviser to the Boston Review, and a staff writer at The Real Paper. His work has appeared in the Nation, Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, The Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He has taught journalism at Suffolk University, Emerson College, and Harvard University (summer sessions).
Beyond Words: Taking Narrative Online". This cafe session will explore the use of text, video, and multimedia in online alumni magazines. These lessons also apply to anyone interested in taking full advantage of a magazine website.
Follow him: @artjahnke
Michelle Johnson, a former editor for The Boston Globe, is an online journalism professor at Boston University. While at the Globe, Johnson was part of the team that launched the award-winning regional website, boston.com. She was also an editor for the Metro, National, Foreign and Business sections of the newspaper, as well as the Editorial Manager of boston.com. Recently, Johnson was named 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She is co-founder of the New England chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and has taught numerous multimedia workshops for both professional journalists and students across the country.
Johnson will present "How to 'Snowfall-ize' Your Story on a Shoestring Budget." Have a great story that could benefit from the "Snowfall" multimedia treatment online? No budget to hire a programmer and web designer? No problem. If you know how to use a WordPress blog, you, too, can drop jaws with your fancy multimedia presentation.
Follow her: @mijohn
Rami G. Khouri, a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen, has spent 45 years as a journalist in the Middle East, including stints as editor of the Jordan Times and the Beirut Daily Star newspapers. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, and he often comments on Middle East issues on National Public Radio, BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera. He was a Nieman Fellow in 2001. His weekly column is internationally syndicated. He directs the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he also teaches writing and reporting. He is a visiting professor at Princeton University and is making progress on a book about great urban bus rides around the world.
Khouri will present "Getting beyond Sunnis, Shiites, Arabs and Israelis: How I came to understand the sentiments and actions of half a billion people in the world's most volatile and dangerous region." In 45 years of editing and reporting across the Arab world, Khouri has learned to seek seven critical sentiments that shape the lives and actions of all men and women. Seeking these sentiments makes us better journalists and more captivating storytellers, and maybe even more magnanimous human beings.
Follow him: @RamiKhouri
Mark Kramer is the director of Boston University’s Power of Narrative conference and writer-in-residence in the department of journalism. He was writer-in-residence in Smith College’s American Studies Program from 1980 to 1990, and writer-in-residence and founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University from 2001 to 2007. Kramer has written for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, and The Atlantic Monthly among other places. He co-edited two leading textbooks on narrative nonfiction: Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and has written: Mother Walter and the Pig Tragedy, Three Farms, Invasive Procedures, and Travels with a Hungry Bear. He’s at work on a book about revision and leads a "kitchen workshop" at his home, for a dozen midcareer writers with long-form projects.
Paul Kramer teaches modern U. S. History at Vanderbilt University, and runs a Nashville-based workshop for academics interested in mastering narrative non-fiction techniques. Two of his essays have been published in the New Yorker, The Water Cure, on the history of water boarding, and A Useful Corner of the World, on the history of the U. S. naval base at Guantánamo. A third piece, on race, The Importance of Being Turbaned, was recognized as a notable essay by Best American Essays 2012. Paul Kramer is also the author of the 2006 prize-winning book, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines, and is at work on a book on 20th century U. S. immigration politics.
Kramer will present "Crossovers and On-ramps: Balancing Narrative Verve and Scholarly Rigor in Research-Driven Writing." Research scholars have much to say in public, but professional protocols often discourage them from saying it in a public language, leaving that task to journalists. In this session, we'll talk about ways narrative non-fiction offers researchers techniques that can help enliven their prose and reach a broader audience.
Nell Lake is a writer, editor, and teacher of narrative journalism. In February, Scribners will publish her new book, The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love. It follows the lives of a support group whose members have shouldered the difficult and enduring task of caring for loved ones who are old or ill. Lake was co-founder and longtime editor of the Nieman Narrative Digest, which has now evolved into Nieman Storyboard. She has written for Harvard Magazine, the Boston Globe, Yankee, and many other publications. She was a reporter for Seattle public radio and an instructor in writing at Boston University.
Lake will present "How to Go Deep: Writing Intimate Stories About People We Are Just Coming to Know." Tips on gaining access, gathering compelling material and creating engaging characters and stories.
Follow her: @Nell_Lake
Cristian Lupsa, a 2014 Nieman fellow, edits Decât o Revistă (DoR), an independent magazine covering Romanian social change, personal development, cultural trends, politics, and technology. DoR, conceived to cross the visual diversity of Wired with the breadth and depth of the New Yorker, is a principle vehicle for narrative journalism in Central and Eastern Europe. Lupsa has written for and edited the Romanian edition of Esquire. He’s founded an ongoing international nonfiction storytelling conference in Bucharest. He’s earned an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia and has been a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow.
Lupsa will present "Narrative and Authority: Finding a place and rolefor intimate stories in cultures where people don’t trust each other (or the media)." What can storytellers in the US and elsewhere learn from efforts to bring narrative to countries where this genre is missing? What are the best tools we can use? What do readers respond to? What do we need to be reminded of?
Follow him: @cristianlupsa
Elizabeth Mehren a professor of journalism at Boston University, teaches news reporting, beat reporting, feature writing, and narrative writing. She co-founded the Boston University Program on Crisis Response and Reporting, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Mehren is among four faculty originators of Pamoja Together, a global student news forum funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Boston University faculty, Mehren was for many years a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, winning many awards for long-form and spot reporting. She’s also worked at The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has written two nonfiction books and co-authored a third. Her book "Born Too Soon," became an award-winning NBC television movie.
Mehren will join a panel titled "Slouching Toward Storytelling: Narrative Across Borders and Boundaries." It can be tough to convey cultural context when readers and writers don't share language or frame of reference. This panel explores making the foreign familiar and crafting narratives that capture the urgency of unglamorous, slow-burning global issues.
Suketa Mehta, a New York-based author, is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. Mehta is also the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. He has won numerous awards and been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Time, and Newsweek. He has written several original screenplays for films, including “New York, I Love You.”
Mehta will present "Storytelling the City." For the first time in history, more human beings live in cities than in villages. How can we write about cities and urbanism in a narratively engaging way?
Follow him: @suketumehta
Lisa Mullins is a public radio reporter and producer. She anchored the daily international news program, “The World,” for 14 years and has reported from Cuba, Hong Kong, Morocco, Egypt, Northern Ireland, South Korea, North Korea, and from across the United States. She anchored the five-part WGBH/ PBSTV program Thinking Big, which featured in-depth interviews with scientists and technologists. She recently produced the documentaries An Audacious Act and Grokking Democracy for IEEE Spectrum, consulted for the Harvard Business School on podcasts, and co-anchored WBUR's Radio Boston. Mullins was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2012, she received a Gracie Award as Outstanding Anchor from the Alliance for Women in Media.
Mullins will lead Dan Barry and Adam Hochschild's keynote conversation.
Follow her: @ljmullinsworld
Josh Neufeld is a comics journalist known for his graphic narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses. He is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge" (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestselling graphic nonfiction book "The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media" (W.W. Norton), an exploration of the evolution and devolution of journalism. He was a 2013 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan. Neufeld lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, the writer Sari Wilson, and their daughter. To learn more, visit his website www.JoshComix.com.
Neufeld will discuss "'With Great Power There Must Also Come — Great Responsibility' -Stan Lee: Using Comics to Make Journalism." Cartoonist Josh Neufeld will discuss his work making "nonfiction comics using journalistic techniques," a field he says was practically invented by Joe Sacco. Comics convey intimacy, immediacy and drama well, but what about abstract ideas? Subtlety? Neufeld will address these questions, and also issues of ethics, objectivity and transparency."
Follow him: @joshneufeld
Amy O'Leary has worked for The New York Times as a reporter, editor and multimedia producer specializing in digital storytelling and newsroom integration since 2007. In her work as a reporter, she has covered viral celebrities, social media phenomena and addictive apps. Before coming to the Times, Amy was a producer for public radio's, "This American Life," and a contributor to a range of public radio programs like "Radio Lab" and "On the Media." Prior to that, Amy co-authored a programming book and is originally from Renton, Washington.
O'Leary will present "Fascinating, Freaky and Totally For Real: New Digital Trends That Will Reshape Storytelling." From the future of anticipatory computing to the fate of the listicle, Amy O'Leary will survey the latest trends in technology, cutting-edge tools and practices that will change the ways you tell stories, and the ways your audience will experience them.
Follow her: @amyoleary
Noah Rosenberg is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narrative.ly, a platform devoted to untold human stories, which was named one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites of 2013.” Previously, Rosenberg was a full-time freelancer for The New York Times in print, photography, and video, and the Digital Director at The Queens Courier newspaper group. He has also worked for CBS News, Univision, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Salon and New York magazine, and was a 2012 fellow at the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. Rosenberg has recently told stories about crowdfunding for rare diseases, his cat-walking adventures in Brooklyn, and what it really means to be a New York Times stringer.
Rosenberg will present "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: How to turn your digital storytelling habit into a socially significant, sexy and sustainable business." The web has spawned many new publishers, but what does it really take to start your own business and have a shot at success? Narratively founder Noah Rosenberg takes us behind the scenes at his innovative storytelling startup and helps us chart and critique our own paths through the digital publishing world.
Follow him: @NoahSRosenberg
Charles M. Sennott is the Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder of GlobalPost and heads , which trains young foreign correspondents. Over 25 years, Sennott has reported on wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring. He was on the ground in Afghanistan soon after September 11th, and has continued reporting there. He covered the war in Iraq from invasion through surge to the drawdown of troops. Before joining GlobalPost, Sennott was a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe. He is the author of two books, The Body and The Blood and Broken Covenant, and a co-author of a third book. In 2005, Sennott was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. His reporting won numerous journalism prizes including the prestigious Livingston Award for National Reporting and the Foreign Press Association's "Story of the Year." Sennott will join several crises reporting panels throughout the weekend.
Follow him: @CMSennott
Douglas Starr is co-director of the graduate program in Science Journalism at Boston University. His most recent book, The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science, won the Gold Dagger award in the UK, was a finalist for the Edgar award in the US and an “editor’s choice” in the New York Times Book Review. His previous book, BLOOD: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named to the “Best Books of the Year” lists of Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, and became adapted as a four-part PBS series. His non-fiction writing about science and society has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Discover, The New Republic, Wired, Science, Smithsonian, The Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, the Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and other media outlets.
Starr will present "Writing About Science in a Post-Fact Society: Tips on getting your signal through the noise." A quarter of Americans deny climate change. Even more reject evolution. Our work as science writers is a lot more complicated than reporting facts. Starr, a veteran science writer, will discuss crafting compelling science stories amid the din of denialism.
Follow him: @douglasstarr
Farah Stockman is a columnist and editorial writer for The Boston Globe. For seven years, she served as the Globe’s foreign policy reporter, covering stories around the world. She has covered the tsunami in Indonesia, the London subway bombings, the war in Afghanistan, the impact of sanctions on Iran, and, more recently, activism in Kenya and capitalism in South Sudan. In 2009, she won the William Brewster Styles Award, given by the Scripps Howard Foundation for a series of stories that "identified U.S. corporations that were covertly using international relationships and offshore operations to avoid taxes, side-step U.S. laws and deny workers’ rights." She was a finalist for the Livingston Award and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Stockman will present "From Kibuye to Kabul: Storytelling in a Globalized World". Farah Stockman has reported from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dubai and Indonesia. She will discuss the pitfalls and the potential of international narrative journalism, and the shifting prospects for foreign reporting.
Follow her: @fstockman
Essdras M. Suarez a staff photographer for The Boston Globe for the past 13 years, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with two decades of experience in the field. He has traveled the world, covering such stories as the Iraq war, the Indonesia Tsunami, and Haiti’s political turmoil. Nationally, he photographed the Columbine Shooting, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the OKC Bombing trials, the Newtown Massacre and the Boston Marathon Bombing. He is an adjunct BU professor in photojournalism. He teaches photo workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. He has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, National Geographic and in many others places. He is also a USDOS Speaker in Photojournalism for Latin America.
Suarez will present “Story Telling One Image at a Time.” In an era where readers and viewers are bombarded daily with thousands of images, it is our job as professional storytellers to create images worthy of their precious time. The attention of modern readers is coveted. Attention must be earned by creating images worthy of being studied, discussed and remembered. Suarez will discuss providing rich information in just one frame.
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Geri Thoma has been a literary agent in New York for more than three decades at the Elaine Markson Agency, which became Markson Thoma. This year, she joined Writers House, one of the largest literary agencies in the world. She represents a list of serious fiction and non-fiction authors, including two journalists who have each won two Pulitzers, MacArthur Prize winners, Pulitzer and National Book Award finalists in fiction and history, and several Bancroft Prize winners in history. Narrative journalists are some of her most beloved authors both to read and to represent.
Thoma will present "Book Proposals in the Digital Age." She will talk on whether publisher's desires for authors with "platforms" and new media savvy is making a difference in how editors and agents think about book projects, and what still constitute the strongest sorts of book proposals, year in and year out.
Val Wang is a Boston-based author and multimedia journalist. She produced Planet Takeout, an interactive documentary on the role of Chinese takeouts as a vital American cultural crossroad. It incubated at WGBH as part of the Localore initiative. She also produced OpenCourt for WBUR, and documentary and news programs for PBS, the National Geographic Channel, Reuters Television and NBC News. Her memoir, Beijing Bastard, is forthcoming from Gotham in Fall 2014. She teaches writing and interactive storytelling at Bentley University.
Wang will present "Place-Based Storytelling in the Digital Age." Some places speak to us; how can digital tools help us tell their stories?
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Karen Weintraub is a freelance health/science journalist, who writes regularly for USA Today, The Boston Globe and other outlets. She is an adjunct journalism professor at the Harvard Extension School and in Boston University's Science Journalism graduate program. In the last three years, she has written two books and two e-books with Harvard doctors. Before freelancing, Weintraub spent 20 years in daily newspapers, most recently as Deputy Health/Science Editor at The Boston Globe, and spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two daughters.
Weintraub will join a science journalism panel on Sunday morning.
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