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Innovations in Journalism Conference at USF

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Journalism Innovations II: New Work & Ideas for Making the News

(updated 4.01) Speakers | Exhibitors | Workshops | Register
May 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. * April 30 (evening reception & panels)
McLaren Hall, University of San Francisco * Directions
Sliding-Scale Donation * No One Turned Away. * Contact: (415) 677-9877, or via e-mail
Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California, University of San Francisco and Independent Arts & Media

Join the conversation about journalism and democracy with investor Warren Hellman, Gilbert Bailón of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, founder Cynthia Typaldos, David Cohn of Spot.Us, the California Endowment's Michelle Levander, SF Appeal founder Eve Batey, Michael Stoll of The Public Press and many other innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Meet a wide variety of exhibitors looking to make connections, build community and share resources, including the Public Media Collaborative, the SF Neighorhood Newspaper Association,, The Public Press, SF Engage, San Francisco School Volunteers and the Center for the Integration & Improvement of Journalism.

Access a full day of workshops and panels on jobs and careers, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, nonprofit and commercial business models, health and labor reporting, ethnic and local media, Bay Area journalism startups, student and multi-generational journalism, social media and civic participation, and more.

Get Involved!

• Sign up for Journalism Career-Counselor Speed Coaching and the Public Media Collaborative's Social Media Field Camp.

Ensure your entry by registering in advance. All are welcome, but we cannot guarantee walk-up admissions.

Request a free exhibitor table (limited availability)

Be a Journalism Innovations Sponsor

Journalism Innovations II is co-produced by The Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California; Independent Arts & Media; and the University of San Francisco Davies Forum, and the USF Department of Media Studies and Journalism Program.

Panelists (Updated March 31)

  • Gilbert Bailón, Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, started his journalism career as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News in 1986, eventually becoming the newspaper's executive editor. In 2004 he became publisher and editor of Al Dí'a, a Spanish-language daily serving North Texas. He is the 2007-2008 president of American Society of Newspaper Editors, and past-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

  • Tom Ballantyne, a "career doctor" for journalists and others, focuses on career changes and transitions for the many journalists reeling from the recent layoffs at media publications and properties around the greater Bay Area.

  • Eve Batey, founder of, is formerly the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of

  • David Cohn, the founder of the journalism-crowdfunding service Spot.Us, is also a contributing editor at, an editor at NewAssignment.Net and a freelance writer for Wired News. He won the Knight Foundation's 21st Century News Challenge to start Spot.Us.

  • Franc Contreras, Al Jazeera TV. For more than 12 years,Franc Contreras has been covering Mexico for major international news media organizations, including NPR, Marketplace and the BBC. He's traveled to every state in Mexico, covering virtually every major political and economic story that has taken place -- including presidential elections, guerilla uprisings, indigenous rights and immigration. He's also reported from most of Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Haiti and Venezula.

  • Bill Densmore, a University of Missouri Reynolds Fellow for the Information Valet Project, is a veteran journalist with The Associated Press, and the director of The Media Giraffe Project, a grant-funded effort of the journalism program at the University of Massachusetts "to find and spotlight people making innovative use of media to foster participatory democracy and community." He is also a collaborator on the Journalism That Matters convenings.

  • Alex Gronke, co-founder of Oakbook ("Daily Oakland Dispatches"), was a teacher in the Oakland public schools before turning to journalism in 2000. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, the Stockton Record, the San Francisco Chronicle, Red Herring, and the Oakland Tribune.

  • Leslie Guevarra is an associate editor at and its sister sites at Greener World Media Inc. She has been a news reporter, editor and senior newsroom manager as well as the host and associate producer of a public affairs program on television. Her leadership roles have included tenure as a deputy managing editor, director of newsroom hiring and staff development and interim head of human resources for a newsroom of more than 500 people. A founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association's San Francisco Chapter, Leslie has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, KTSF-TV, the Examiner and three other Bay Area newspapers.

  • Warren Hellman co-founded Hellman & Friedman LLC in 1984, is the Firm's Chairman, and a member of the Firm's Investment and Compensation Committees. He was formerly a Director of numerous portfolio companies, including Eller Media Company, Inc., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and Young & Rubicam Inc. Mr. Hellman is a member of the University of California Walter A. Haas School of Business Advisory Board and, in 2005, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Richard Kochi Hernandez is a national Emmy Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated video and multimedia producer. He has worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years, and also has contributed to Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and international magazines. Richard was named deputy director of photography and multimedia after spearheading the creation of Koci Hernandez is currently a visiting Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities.

  • Holly Kernan, News Director, KALW 91.7 FM Public Radio/CrossCurrents Radio

  • Sally Lehrman, Knight-Ridder Chair for Journalism in the Public Interest, Santa Clara University

  • The Digital Journalism Review students of Santa Clara University

  • Michelle Levander, Director, California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and Editor-in-Chief of

  • Susan Mernit, a former VP at Netscape and AOL, is a co-founder of Pink Garage, a new online community and resource for women entrepreneurs. She also ran the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding $5MM to support innovative local projects that expand online news and community discourse. She is a BlogHer contributor, and is currently involved in the Public Media Collaborative, a new group organizing to train and mentor nonprofits and local commmunity groups in using social media tools to deepen member engagement, reach new audiences, market campaigns, and use micro-donation.

  • Tom Murphy is a social entrepreneur who is founder of, the first major news site for readers over 40, and, a news service deisgned for new media. In the past, he was the founding Managing Editor of, Editor in Chief of and AP news supervisor in San Francisco.

  • Chris O'Brien is a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News where he writes about business and technology issues in Silicon Valley. He has been a reporter at the Mercury News since 1999, covering everything from the dot-com boom to the California energy crisis to the region's high-tech economy. O'Brien was also a recipient of a Knight Foundation News Challenge Award for The Next Newsroom Project. The project's goal was to research and design the ideal newsroom of the future.

  • Barry Parr is the publisher and founder of, a community news site for coastal San Mateo County, and, a blog about networked media. He's a co-creator of the first full Web newspaper at the San Jose Mercury News and CNET's

  • Chris Peck is the editor of the The Memphis Commercial Appeal, overseeing all news operations for print and online. A past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and current board member for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he has spent a career working on national newspaper issues. He is also the co-founder of Journalism That Matters, a coalition of legacy media leaders and New Media entrepreneurs who are focused on keeping journalism vibrant and alive in a digital age. He grew up in a newspaper family in Wyoming where he and his brother still own The Riverton Ranger, a newspaper started by his father. He is married to Kate Duignan, who he met at Stanford University.

  • Hal Plotkin, founder of and the Center for Media Change, is a founding editor of Marketplace, a former senior fellow for the World Economic Development Congress, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Foothill and De Anza Community College. His writing has been published by Inc. International, International Business magazine, Forbes ASAP, Barron's Online, California Business magazine, Family Business magazine, The Harvard Management Update, Securities Industry Daily and many others.

  • Rick Rodriguez, Director, Southwest Borderlands Journalism Institute at Arizona State University; former Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee; former president, American Society of Newspaper Editors.

  • Steve Rhodes, Tiger Beat Bay Area Media Blog

  • Michael Stoll, founder, The Public Press, former assistant director at, and an associate professor of journalism at San Jose State University.

  • Yesenia Sanchez is a management consultant and coach for artists, activists and nonprofits, and also works nationally with the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors to network, educate and advocate for fiscal sponsorship as an alternative and innovative nonprofit business model. Previously, she ran one of the largest arts fiscal sponsorship programs in the country at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and currently serves as an advisor to Independent Arts & Media's fiscal sponsorship program. She has spoken and led classes on fiscal sponsorship and development for The Foundation Center, California College for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts.

  • Spencer A. Sherman was named the director of publishing and communications at California Health Care Foundation in November 2007 after having served as executive editor for print and online publishing activities since 2002. Sherman leads CHCF's overall communications strategy including publishing, public and media relations, and development of online publishing and communications efforts. Prior to joining CHCF, Sherman was a legal editor and managing editor of Internet products for Nolo Press, a publisher of self-help legal books and software. He was the editor of Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting and Keeping Your Benefits; Beat the Nursing Home Trap; Child Custody: Building Parenting Agreements That Work; and Social Security, Medicare and Pensions, among others. As a filmmaker and journalist, he covered the U.S. Supreme Court, served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and was a television executive in Japan. Sherman earned his bachelor's degree in American studies and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Erik Sundelof, Co-Founder, Vice President of Social Media, AllVoices

  • Cynthia Typaldos is the founder and CEO of, a crowdfunding financial tool for content websites with a planned launch in summer 2009. She was previously co-founder and COO of GolfWeb (acquired by CBS Sportsline in 1999), and founder and CEO of RealCommunities (acquired in 2001).



Career Speed Counseling: Professional career coaches will be on hand Saturday afternoon to provide free speed-consulting sessions about career transitioning, quick resume critiques and tips on interviewing, networking and the right next steps for you. Advance registration required.

Social Media Field Camp, produced by the Public Media Collaborative, offers up to five group sessions throughout the day on social media innovations and practice. Advance registration required.


This is a working list -- check back for updates as booking proceeds.

  • Journalism Careers: Making Our Own Future (Producer: Leslie Guevarra). Panelists with experience hiring, recruiting and the unemployment line share their strategies for career survival in these tough times. Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel -- and no, it's not another damn train.

  • Philanthropy & Public Health Journalism: New Directions (Moderator: Michelle Levander, California Endowment; producer: Laurie Udesky)

  • "New Labor Reporting"

  • "Student journalists: Defining the future"

  • "Journalism Generations: A multi-generational discussion/dialogue of careers & journalism perspectives/practices"

  • "Funding & Philanthropy 2009: Grantmakers, major donors, individuals and smart crowds"

  • "The Business Model 2009: Micropayments, print strategies, longtails, niches and ads"

  • "Investigative Reporting Training & Roundtable"

  • "SPJ Citizen Journalism Boot Camp"

  • "New Labor Reporting: An Open Discussion, a Work in Progress"

  • "Media Training for Nonprofits"

  • "Bay Area Media Shutdown! The Fate of the SF Chronicle, the Battle for Local Radio, and Other Bay Area Media Adventures"

  • "The 3,000 Watt Solution: Local Radio & LPFM Open the Airwaves"

Directions to the University of San Francisco
Directions * Campus Map * MUNI (5 Fulton, 21 Hayes, 31 Balboa, 43 Masonic)

Booking has commenced for the Second Annual Journalism Innovations Expo, a unique showcase, colloquium and jam session for the people, ideas and projects that are defining the future of journalism around the Bay Area and beyond.

This year, Journalism Innovations II comes to the University of San Francisco, a green and inviting campus just minutes from Golden Gate Park and the historic Haight-Ashbury district, easily accessed by car and public transport, with plenty of on- and off-campus dining options, and home to academic leaders in a wide variety of disciplines.

Our Second Anniversary
This event follows the first Innovations in Journalism Expo, staged in Palo Alto in last May, and featuring hundreds of attendees, career counseling, numerous panels and more than two-dozen panelists. Some notable speakers included Geneva Overholser ("On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change"), Jon Funabiki (SFSU, former Ford Foundation officer), David Talbot ( founder), Reese Erlich (international print and radio freelancer), Rose Aguilar (Your Call Radio) and many more.

More Info

Expo tables are free to nonprofits, schools, service and advocacy groups, social ventures and startups, but are limited in availability. If you'd like to exhibit your good works to hundreds of journalism advocates, practitioners, students and aspirants, managers and executives, fill out the Expo table request form.

SPONSOR JOURNALISM INNOVATIONS II ... get high-visibility placement for your message, service, idea and organization before a diverse, multi-generational audience of new and emerging journalism practitioners and leaders.


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