ISOJ Celebrates Successful New Hybrid Model and Announces 2023 Conference Dates

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(Austin, TX) – The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas announces the dates for next year’s 24th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) from April 14-15, 2023.

After notable success with the online-only formatting of ISOJ 2020 and 2021, Knight Center took on a new challenge by producing ISOJ 2022 in an innovative hybrid format that connected journalists, media executives, and faculty and journalism students from more than 80 countries.

For more than 20 years, ISOJ has been broadcast live on the web, and all videos from all symposia, since 1999, are available online. However, the hybrid model developed for the 2022 conference went beyond web streaming, adding other ways to improve remote participation.

Two examples of these improvements: virtual participants were invited to have direct conversations with selected speakers, during video calls in small groups; and a video feed showed virtual attendees the Austin Welcome Party. They were also able to host their own online party simultaneously, using software that allowed them to mingle (similar to the in-person party), introduce themselves to each other, and start video chats in small groups.

“We are very pleased with the results of ISOJ 2022, with its experiments in hybrid mode, and we look forward to introducing more innovative means of remote participation in April 2023,” said Professor Rosental Alves, founder of ISOJ and the Knight. Center. “Yes, in-person conferences are great, especially because of the networking, the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees. But there are new ways to enable the active participation of remote participants, and we will continue to work on this innovative and pioneering hybrid model.

ISOJ 2022 had 1,227 attendees, 296 in person and 931 online. With topics ranging from how the metaverse and web3 will affect journalism to audio storytelling, diversity in newsrooms, the mental health and well-being of journalists, the growth of nonprofit journalism in the states States and attacks on press freedom around the world, ISOJ 2022 was met with intense praise and commitment.

Twitter was inundated with comments, questions and retweets using the hashtag #ISOJ2022. With voices like Jorge Ramos, who explained that journalism is not a profession for those who want to be silent; to María Lilly Delgado, a Nicaraguan journalist working in exile whose speech drew a standing ovation with her words of courage in the face of the persecution of journalists around the world.

ISOJ.org’s photo galleries and News section provide more highlights from the event as well as more in-depth coverage of the topics discussed. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas now provides public access to watch all ISOJ 2022 sessions. Videos are available on the ISOJ 2022 archive page, edited session by session, and also on YouTube, unedited playlists: the original versions in English and with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

More information on registration and panels for ISOJ 2023 will be released soon.


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