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claibornLindsay Claiborn is a multimedia journalist with a background in television and online video reporting. She is currently a Regional Video Editor for McClatchy, based at the Miami Herald. Her past positions include work as a digital/online producer at FOX Sports and as a video reporter/producer for Reuters Television in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. She also is the co-host and producer of Beyond the Microscope, a podcast that features the voices of women in STEM. She received her B.A. in Government and Film Studies from Claremont McKenna College and earned her M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Ben Connors is the Lead for Emerging Video Products at McClatchy. He runs the company’s “Sandbox Team” doing R&D for video. On the side, he runs a startup company called the Last Graph, a platform for impact journalism, which he started with support from the Knight Foundation.

Previously, he helped the Washington Post launch PostTV, co-designed the Webby Award-winning talk-show The Stream on Al Jazeera English and produced and taught 360° “VR” video with SideXSide Studios. When he’s not tinkering in the newsroom or his attic you can find him cycling around D.C. or daydreaming about the singularity.


20151215-matteich-gravatarbwMatt Eich is an independent photographer working on long-form photographic essays about the American Condition. His projects have been widely exhibited and received numerous grants and recognitions, including PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, the Joop Swart Masterclass, the F25 Award for Concerned Photography, POYi’s Community Awareness Award, and many others. His prints and books are held in the permanent collections of The Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New York Public Library, Chrysler Museum of Art and others.

Eich studied photojournalism at Ohio University and holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s International Limited-Residency Program. His first monograph, Carry Me Ohio (Sturm & Drang, 2016) sold out in a matter of weeks. He has four forthcoming monographs scheduled between 2017 and 2020. Matt currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.


img_4924Keynote: Jenna Johnson is a political reporter at The Washington Post who covers the White House and the political movement that President Trump sparked. She spent more than a year writing about Trump’s presidential campaign, traveling to 35 states to attend more than 170 political rallies and interview hundreds of Trump supporters. Jenna has worked at the Post for nearly 10 years and previously covered Maryland politics, higher education, local news and a number of breaking news stories, including the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Boston bombings and the trial of Jerry Sandusky. She grew up in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, although her parents now live in rural Iowa where they own two weekly newspapers.


ellenEllen Mayer is an Engagement Consultant at the journalism tech startup Hearken. She started her career in public radio, first at WNYC’s Studio 360 and then at WBEZ’s Curious City — a local newsgathering experiment which incubated a new model for public-powered journalism. Hearken grew out of Curious City as a way to take that public-powered model to as many newsrooms as possible.

Ellen became one of the starting team members at Hearken in 2015. She works with newsrooms around the world, training them on the public-powered model, and helping them develop powerful engagement strategies.

In past lives she has worked in non-profit development and social impact documentary film. Ellen is also a writer, occasional podcaster, and recovering music journalist.


Matt Pearl is an 19-time Southeast Regional Emmy-winning and five-time Regional Edward R. Murrow Award-winning reporter for WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga. He specializes in human interest pieces and speaks regularly at conferences and workshops about multimedia journalism. During his career, Matt has served as a correspondent from the 2008 Democratic Convention, the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and the 2010, 2014, and 2016 Olympic Games. His stories have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, and most recently NBC Nightly News. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was named the NPPA National Solo Video Journalist of the Year.

Matt graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked at affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, NY before taking his current position.


o8o88rncLam Thuy Vo tells data-driven stories about economics, social issues and web culture through words, graphics and audiovisuals. In her spare time, you can find her making data visualizations with social data or producing playful videos.

She’s also a journalism educator who has taught workshops and semester-long courses around the world. Please find some tip sheets, courses and workshop materials she’s developed here.

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