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Joseph Adah, Information Resource Specialist at the United States Mission, Nigeria

Joseph Adah is an information resource specialist at the United States Mission, Nigeria. With the staggering growth in Internet and mobile technology in Africa, Joseph works to help organizations and individuals make the most of mobile and social media. An application developer with expertise in web solutions, design and social media, he is passionate about learning, and he likes to teach. 

Andy Boyle, Full-Stack Web Developer for NBC News Digital Group's Breaking News

Andy Boyle is a full-stack web developer for NBC News Digital Group’s Breaking News. Previously he was a news applications developer for the Chicago Tribune, creating data visualizations and building newsroom tools. Andy has also worked at The Boston Globe, the St. Petersburg Times and The New York Times Regional Media Group, where his work was cited as part of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. He is also a comedian and screenwriter. Make his mom happy and follow him on Twitter: @andymboyle

Jim Brady, CEO & Founder of


Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates the news platform Billy Penn in Philadelphia and intends to expand soon into other cities. Before entering the pure startup world, Jim served as executive editor of, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media, general manager of and head of News and Sports for America Online.

David Cohn, Senior Director, Alpha Group, Advance Digital; former Executive Producer, Al Jazeera+

David Cohn is the new senior director of the Alpha Group, Advance Digital's new innovation unit. In the last decade, David has been at the forefront of innovation in journalism. He has worked on some of the first experiments in distributed reporting, social journalism, citizen journalism and structured journalism. In 2008 he created the first platform to crowd fund journalism. In 2010 he was named one of the “Ten Under 30” by Folio magazine, and in 2013 Columbia’s Journalism School gave him its Alumni Innovation Award. 

Sally Ann Cruikshank, Assistant Professor of journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University

Sally Ann Cruikshank is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University. Her research spans the globe, and she has traveled to several countries to study press freedom in post-conflict and post-genocide societies. She also conducts research on the impact of Twitter and other social media outlets on traditional news dissemination models. 

Andrew Haeg, founder of the mobile engagement platform, GroundSource, and teacher of human-centered design


Andrew Haeg is the co-founder of the Public Insight Network at American Public Media and is the founder of GroundSource, a mobile engagement platform. He has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where he has taught human-centered design. He was the entrepreneur-in-residence at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.

Victor Hernandez, 2015-2016 non-residential fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, studying wearable technologies

Victor Hernandez recently left CNN after 12 years, to become a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute non-residential fellow studying wearable technology's impact on newsrooms. He was CNN's news futurist, applying new media strategies to CNN's objectives. Previously he was CNN's director of national coverage. He has won Peabody awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill disaster.

Retha Hill, Executive Director of the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, ASU

Retha Hill joined the Cronkite School faculty at Arizona State University in summer 2007 after nearly eight years at Black Entertainment Television where she was vice president of content for BET Interactive. The online unit of BET is the most visited site specializing in African-American content on the Internet. In her senior role, Retha was in charge of content strategy and convergence with the television network. 

Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois


Professor Brant Houston holds the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. Houston teaches investigative and advanced reporting in the Department of Journalism in the College of Media at Illinois.

Emily Ingram, Mobile Product Manager, The Washington Post

Emily Ingram is a mobile product manager at The Washington Post. She manages The Post's suite of iOS apps, and has worked on apps for Android and Kindle Fire. In early 2014, she led the launch of The Post's Digital Partner Program, which extends free digital access to subscribers of 300 partner publications nationwide. Follow her @emilyingram.

Julie Jones, Associate Professor at the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma

Julie Jones is an associate professor at the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches multimedia and mobile journalism. Her research focuses on how journalists, communities and the public engage with emerging technologies, such as mobile devices, during breaking news events. She is the national chair for the National Press Photographers Association News Video Workshop, a 57-year-old boot camp for visual storytelling. In 2014, the NPPA recognized her contributions by honoring her with the Joseph Costa award, named for the founder of the nearly 70-year-old NPPA. 

Yusuf Kalyango Jr., Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for International Journalism in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

Yusuf Kalyango Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri School of Journalism) is associate professor and director of the Institute for International Journalism in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He is the author and editor of three scholarly books, “African Media and Democratization,” “Why Discourse Matters” and “Global Journalism Practice & New Media Performance.” Kalyango is also the editor of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, the “International Communication Research Journal,” a publication of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His various studies have won nine research awards at professional conventions and other forums between 2008 and 2015. 

Damon Kiesow, Head of Mobile Initiatives, McClatchy Co.

Damon Kiesow is the head of Mobile Initiatives for McClatchy Co., the third-largest newspaper group in the United States. Formerly, he was the senior product manager at The Boston Globe, helping guide mobile strategy and develop new mobile apps and mobile websites for Boston. com and In 2010-2011 he was the Digital Media Fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he wrote about the use of mobile technology in journalism. 

Alan Knitowski, CEO, Phunware, Inc.; USA Today Money's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Alan Knitowski is a successful serial entrepreneur with multiple exits over a 15-year period to companies including Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) and Internet Security Systems (now NYSE: IBM). He is the CEO of Phunware, which offers an integrated services platform called Multiscreen as a Service™.  Phunware was one of 10 finalists in USA TODAY's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year contest. Alan was a 2014 Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Central Texas. He has been a founder, executive, angel investor and fund manager throughout his career in the private sector after serving in the United States Army as an Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger qualified Captain in the Corps of Engineers. 

Nicole Kraft, Assistant Professor of journalism at The Ohio State University School of Communication

Nicole Kraft earned her master’s degree in communication at The Ohio State University. After 25 years as a journalist, she joined its School of Communication as an assistant professor (clinical) of journalism in 2010. Her focus in teaching and research has been using iPads and iTunes U and providing a self-contained learning environment for multimedia journalism. Nicole has more than 80,000 subscribers to her five journalism courses. Both "Writing and Editing for News" and "Always Get the Name of the Dog" have been No. 1 on iTunes U, and she also published the interactive books “Always Get the Name of the Dog: A guide to media interviewing” and “Writing Like Rabbits: A guide to becoming a magazine writer.” 

Dan Pacheco, Innovation Chair at the Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Dan Pacheco is the Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and is an emerging expert in the fields of virtual reality and immersive, experiential media for journalism and storytelling. He worked as a lead producer on The Des Moines Register’s Harvest of Change project, the first large-scale use of immersive virtual reality for commercial journalism. His research includes applying techniques from the gaming and movie industries to news and information, including virtual reality, gaming environments and body-responsive sensors. 

Susan Poulton, Chief Digital Officer, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

Susan Poulton is the chief digital officer of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. She also is the social media consultant to Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic. She is president of Door 44 Digital, her consulting firm. Susan spent seven years as vice president of Digital Media for the National Geographic Society and nine years at America Online specializing in large-scale digital content experiences. She spends her spare time photographing rocket launches and volunteers as a digital media and photography mentor to young people around the world.

Allissa Richardson, Mobile Media Professor, Bowie State University

Allissa Richardson trains youth to use only smartphones, MP3 players and tablets to report news. Harvard University selected her in 2014 for its prestigious Nieman Foundation Journalism Fellowship. Richardson is coding an online video tutorial platform that will teach people around the world how to become MOJOs.

Clint! Runge, Founder, Managing Creative Director, Archrival

Clint! Runge is founder and managing director of Archrival, a distinguished youth marketing agency that makes brands relevant to young consumers. Clint! kicks the tires and lights the fires for clients, such as Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley and Pabst Brewing. A pop-culture connoisseur, he blends trends with tactics to create playful experiences and buzz-buzzing social engagement. 

Natalee Seely, doctoral student in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hills

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Natalee Seely is a second year doctoral student in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Natalee studies media effects and journalism. Recent projects have included studies of incivility within user-generated content on online news websites.

Judd Slivka, Assistant Professor of Convergence Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism

Judd Slivka is an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism where he teaches multimedia and mobile journalism. He has worked as a reporter and editor at The Arizona Republic, and as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center, author of "U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015"

Aaron Smith is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. He is an expert in the growing impact of mobile technologies, the role of the Internet in connecting Americans to political and civic issues and the demographic trends of technology adoption. His current research is on views on the future of technologyAfrican Americans and technology use, and online dating and relationships. Smith is a native Texan and received a bachelor’s and a master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ben Vankat, online editor at the Omaha World Herald


Ben Vankat is the online editor at the Omaha World-Herald. His team runs and the World-Herald’s social media accounts. He has managed site redesigns, overhauled the company’s mobile apps and written code for several award-winning projects, all with a single purpose: making things better for the reader. 

Matt Waite, Founder, UNL Drone Journalism Lab

Matt Waite is a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab and co-founder of Hot Type Consulting LLC, a web development firm. From 2007-2011, he was a programmer/journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact. Before that, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Times and co-author of the book "Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss."

Pamela Walck, assistant professor in the Journalism & Multimedia Arts Department in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University

Pamela E. Walck is an assistant professor in the Journalism & Multimedia Arts Department in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Before entering graduate school, she spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry where she held various newsroom positions from reporter and editor to staff writing coach. Her research agenda focuses on the innovation of Twitter and technology in newsrooms, the African-American press during World War II and historic journalism.

José Zamora, Vice President, Strategic Communications, News, Univision Network

José Zamora joined Univision in June 2012 and leads strategic communications for Univision Network News. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring that content produced by Univision’s news division has the widest possible reach and impact, from cable news to mobile video. He also manages the integration of media innovations into the newsroom and helps develop partnerships with foundations, nonprofits and other media and technology organizations to allow Univision News to further inform, engage and empower its audience.