23rd Annual Conference on Journalism
Saturday, October 3rd
New York University - Kimmel Center
West 4th Street and LaGuardia Place
8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. - #NYPCJConf
RSVP NOW for New York's most affordable, accessible and informative gathering of journalists, journalism students, academics, and those in the know.
Keynote speaker this year is Mo Rocca
, a humorist, journalist,
and actor best known for his off-beat news reports and satirical commentary. Currently a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning
, Rocca is also the host of the CBS Saturday morning show Innovation Nation
, and a frequent
panelist on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!
On the Cooking Channel, Mo is host and creator of the hit series My Grandmother’s Ravioli
, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers
across the country. In 2015, all three of Mo Rocca’s shows earned a total of five daytime Emmy nominations, with CBS Sunday Morning and Innovation Nation each winning for excellence in programming.
Rocca’s feature length documentary, Electoral Dysfunction
explores voting in America and the consequences of a Constitution that doesn’t include the right to vote (really). Rocca is also the author of
All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over
Rocca was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart for four seasons, followed by four seasons
as a correspondent on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He was a writer and producer for ABC’s Pepper Ann,
and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. @MoRocca.
8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Meet and greet colleagues after check-in.
Debra Toppeta, Conference Chair
Perri E. Klass, MD, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics; Director, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU
PLENARY SESSION (9:15 a.m.)
"The Move to Mobile"
All growth in media is expected to be in mobile. We are embarked on a massive transformation in the way
news and information is gathered, disseminated and consumed. Our plenary panel will look at the most
significant aspects of this transformation, for better and worse.
Farai Chideya, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Michael Owen, deputy news editor, The New York Times.
Christine Roberts, mobile editor, The Huffington Post.
Buck Wolf, executive editor, The Huffington Post.
Barbara Nevins Taylor, founder, ConsumerMojo.com
BREAKOUTS - SESSION 1
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
1. Mastering the Art of the Interview
How to apply fairness, thoroughness, diligence and fortitude (and still get a great story!).
Amar Bakshi, creator, Portals
Kitty Eisele, supervising senior editor, NPR's Morning Edition
David Margolick, contributing editor, Vanity Fair
David Ushery, anchor, WNBC 4
Mona Lisa Mouallem, founder, The Wisdom Project
2. Journalists, Credibility and Accountability
Discussion of the importance of journalistic integrity. Topics include critiques by media analysts
and ethics experts on such things as how media reports on violent crimes or tragic events.
Paul Callan, legal analyst and columnist, CNN
Jack Mirkinson, contributing writer, Salon; editor, Fusion
Wendy Patrick, prosecuting attorney; commentator
Rhonda Roland Shearer, investigative reporter, EIC, publisher, iMediaEthics
Michael Calderone, senior media reporter, The Huffington Post
3. Investigative Reporting: Finding Where the Bodies Are Buried
Is investigative reporting alive and well or a dying form of journalism? How has investigative reporting
changed with the move to mobile. Is there an appetite for investigative pieces by mobile users? More...
Suzanne Daley, The New York Times
Abigail Pesta, investigative reporter
Jake Pearson, The Associated Press
Lucy Komisar, Loeb award winner for financial journalism.
4. Résumé and Professional Critique 1
Have your work or resume reviewed by professionals. Please bring any hardware needed to display your material. WiFi provided. You must pre-register for a review on the
Conference registration form.
Marc Ernay, 1010WINS
Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS 880 Newsradio
Joanne Stevens, Stevens Media Consulting, Ltd.
Charlene Giannetti, WomanAroundTown.com
Steve Kalb, University of Connecticut
BREAKOUTS - SESSION 2
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
5. Political Reporting: Covering the Presidential Election
The role of journalists covering politics. How does the press balance the sizzle with the steak?
Mark Hannah, PBS MediaShift blog; The Huffington Post
Patrick Healy, political correspondent, The New York Times
Jill Lawrence, national columnist, Creators Syndicate
David Levinthal, federal politics reporting chief, Center for Public Integrity
Alan Chartock, PhD, President & CEO, WAMC Public Radio
6. Legal Reporting in the Court of Public Opinion
Avoiding bias in pre-trial reporting; responsible speculation and avoiding sensationalism;
whether pre-trial coverage influences the outcome of trials - and more.
Richard Friedman, legal analyst, CNN, HLN, Fox Business, Fox News
Juliet Papa, reporter, 1010WINS
Nate Raymond, Reuters
Grace Wong, producer, Al Jazeera
Wendy Patrick, prosecuting attorney; commentator
7. Entertainment Reporting
Journalists in print, online, and broadcast share their unique experiences. How they got
hooked covering this beat, interviewing celebrities and working with their publicists, red carpet
stories, staying ahead of the curve in our digital age, and general tips of the trade.
Zach Baron, GQ Magazine
Logan Hill, arts reporter and critic
Hilary Sheinbaum, covers celebrity, food/cocktails, beauty, fashion, travel, and lifestyle.
Judy Woloshen, vice president, Focus Features
8. Résumé and Professional Critique 2
Have your work or resume reviewed by professionals. Please bring any hardware needed to display your material. WiFi provided.
You must pre-register for a review using the Conference registration form.
KEYNOTE, SCHOLARSHIPS, SPECIAL AWARDS
Oh yes, and lunch! 1:15 p.m.
, correspondent for CBS's "Sunday Morning" and contributes to other CBS News broadcasts, a humorist, actor and Emmy award-winning writer, Mo is a panelist on NPR's weekly hit quiz show, "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!",
and host of "Food(ography)" on the Cooking Channel.
2015 Stan Brooks Memorial Scholarship Winners
Presentations will be made by Gabe Pressman, president of the New York Press Club Foundation.
Drew S. Casey @Drew_Casey
Fordham University ('17). Drew is also a 2015 New York Press Club Journalism Awards winner for radio sports reporting.
Lindsey Jean Smith @lindsjean
New York University - Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Literary Reportage ('16)
New York Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame
Writing the NYC column for The The New York Times
since September 1995, Mr. Haberman's interests include anything and everything in New York – politics, theater, prisons, baseball, the high life,
the lowlifes. Presentation by Gabe Pressman, Foundation president.
New York Press Club President's Award
of DNAinfo.com NY is this year's selection for the President's Award which honors communications professionals whose careers have had a significant, salutary impact on the practice of journalism and whose involvement
in community affairs has enriched the lives of New Yorkers. Steve Scott will present.
AFTER PARTY until 4 pm-ish.
Amity Hall - 80 W 3rd Street
(Thompson & Sullivan)