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2015 Georges Conference on College Journalism


Friday, April 10

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Reception – Welcome
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Opening remarks and dinner | Video

  • Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Keynote address and conversation: Why I’m optimistic about the future of journalism | Video

  • Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times

Saturday, April 11

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast/networking
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
The Power of Visual Storytelling | Video

  • Dina Rudick, multimedia journalist, The Boston Globe
10:30 – 10:40 a.m.
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.
10 Things College Journalists Should Know About the Media World Today | Video

  • Joshua Benton, director, Nieman Journalism Lab
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Education Beat: Tricks of the Trade | Video

  • Denise-Marie Ordway, senior reporter who covers higher education at the Orlando Sentinel, 2015 Nieman Fellow
  • Melissa Bailey, managing editor of the New Haven Independent and active member of the Education Writers Association, 2015 Nieman Fellow
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Journalism’s New Horizons | Video

  • Alan Murray, editor of Fortune; former president, Pew Research Center; and former deputy managing editor-online, and executive editor for The Wall Street Journal
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout sessions with 2015 Nieman Fellows:
Reporting with Sound

  • Gabe Bullard, director of news and editorial strategy at public radio station WFPL News in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Kitty Eisele, supervising senior editor, NPR’s Morning Edition
Building Your Brand, Building Audience

  • Laurie Penny, author, blogger and media commentator. Contributing editor at The New Statesman, editor-at-large at The New Inquiry and contributor to The Guardian, Vice and The Nation.
  • Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, journalist, blogger and professor at the University of Havana
Digital Storytelling

  • Nabil Wakim, digital editor-in-chief and online managing editor of Le Monde, Paris
  • Celeste LeCompte, startup columnist, Robotics Business Review; co-founder of Climate Confidential
  • Audrey Cerdan (Nieman Affiliate), multimedia/visual journalist, Rue 89, Paris
The Art of the Interview | Videos

  • Dawn Turner Trice, columnist and specialist reporter for the Chicago Tribune
  • Alicia Stewart, editor at
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Student Lightning Round: Learn From Your Peers | Videos

  • Short presentations from student participants/Q&A. Find out how college digital newspapers are keeping up with trends, getting creative and increasing online traffic. Got a question? Here’s where you’ll find answers.
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Final thoughts and questions
5:00- 6:30 p.m.
The Harvard Crimson, 14 Plympton St., Cambridge, Mass.