Keynotes & Sessions

Keynotes: Get ready for inspiration and innovation from two remarkable but very different leaders in our field.

Breakfast Keynote (sponsored with SPJ): April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Storytelling in the Age of Platforms
Frank Bi, SPJ/Google News Lab Trainer, Vox. Media engineer


From Snowfall to Snapchat, how the rise in digital storytelling has evolved through platforms. Frank will talk about how new technologies are contributing to the rise of platform journalism and how newsrooms can anticipate the next big thing.

Frank Bi is an engineer at Vox Media’s SB Nation where he  works on developing interesting and unique storytelling
experiences for the web. Frank is also an SPJ Trainer where he teaches journalists at conferences and in newsrooms on how to use Google tools. He lives in New York City.


Lunch Keynote: April 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

David Finkle_headshotThe Hardest Sentence I Ever Wrote
David Finkel, Pulitzer winner, Editor at the Washington Post

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel, who specializes in long-form immersion journalism, has learned one abiding lesson in his years of reporting across the country and around the world – the ethics of journalism only grow more complicated. As journalists, who are our obligations to? How do we decide what to include in a story, and what not to include? Does fairness come with a bright line? Join Finkel for a talk and discussion about the ethical choices of
our craft.

David Finkel, Pulitzer-Prize Winner, MacArthur “Genius” Grant Recipient, Reporter & Editor at the Washington Post

David Finkel is a journalist who specializes in immersion reporting and long-form narratives and whose honors include a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

He is the author of two books: “The Good Soldiers,” a bestselling account of a U.S. infantry battalion during the Iraq War, and “Thank You For Your Service,” which was the basis for a film produced by DreamWorks Pictures and released by Universal Pictures in 2017.

An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States, and has covered wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The rest of the conference programming will be broken down into tracks. Click on each track for details.

mgmt    Management Track Sessions

ed Editorial Track Sessions

ad   Advertising Track Sessions