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    From 6:15 PM to 8:45 PM on September 11, 2014

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    219 W. 40th St.

    New York, NY   10018

    Hear how five top journalists have increased the quality, credibility, and reach of their work by engaging news audiences at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on the evening of September 11.

    Chalkbeat’s Anika Anand, The Guardian’s Amanda Michel, Quartz’s Zach Seward, ProPublica’s Amanda Zamora, and Vocativ’s Markham Nolan will talk about their careers, how they use social media to engage communities, and what’s next for news. Incoming Executive Director Carrie Brown will discuss the CUNY J-School’s new Social Journalism initiative. 

    Sign up now to attend the free event and reception in New York City, or tune in Thursday to the event’s Live Stream. Questions? Email us. #socialj


    Anand, Michel, Nolan, Seward, and Zamora are among journalism’s pioneers in developing new approaches to journalism in the digital age.

    As senior engagement editor at ProPublica, Zamora works to connect people with stories before they are reported and helped launch the site’s Get Involved page for readers. Seward is a senior editor at the digitally-native business publication Quartz, where he focuses on new forms of storytelling. At nonprofit education news startup Chalkbeat, Anand serves as director of engagement and develops new ways to serve readers, including events. Michel is the open editor at the Guardian, where she uses her wealth of experience as one of the first journalists to experiment with crowdsourcing and citizen journalism projects. And Nolan is managing editor at Vocativ, which uses proprietary software to identify emerging stories and key sources.

    These panelists illustrate that today’s journalism jobs demand a sophisticated understanding of cutting-edge digital technologies and social media, and the ability to listen to communities and serve them in new, meaningful ways. This event will offer insight into how journalists can build these skills, as well as a glimpse into a rewarding career path.

    This event also launches a new social journalism initiative at CUNY that will expand the boundaries of journalism and help prepare students for jobs in areas that still see high demand among both traditional and non-traditional journalism organizations, even in an era of contraction in the industry.  This initiative represents the forefront of innovative thinking about news and expands on traditional conceptions of journalism to focus less on institutions and more on building a deep understanding of communities, whether united by geography or interest, and their information needs.


    anand-web  Anika Anand is the director of engagement for Chalkbeat and was previously a reporter for GothamSchools. She has been published on California Watch, MSNBC.com, Salon, Business Insider, the New York Daily News and others. She graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with a master’s degree in business and economics reporting and studied journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


    Amanda Michel  Amanda Michel is open editor for the Guardian US and a co-founder of SparkCamp. Previously  she worked at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, where she was awarded a Knight-Batten Special Distinction Award for her crowdsourcing projects. New York Magazine named Michel one of the top new media innovators. Prior to ProPublicaMichel directed Huffington Post’s OffTheBus, for which she was credited by New York Magazine with “crafting the genre of citizen journalism.” Before working in media, she directed Howard Dean’s youth organizing effort Generation Dean and belonged to John Kerry’s Internet team. With colleagues, she co-founded the New Organizing Institute.


    Zach Seward  Zach Seward is the senior editor of Quartz, where he guides the editorial strategy and leads the visual journalism team. He also covers the future of TV for Quartz’s site Glass. Previously, he worked at the Wall Street Journal, first as reporter and then as the newspaper’s first social media editor. Before that, he helped launch Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.


    amzam copy  Amanda Zamora is senior engagement editor at ProPublica. Previously, she spent more than eight years as a digital producer and editor at The Washington Post, leading the site’s election coverage as national digital editor in 2012. She led digital coverage on the metro, foreign and investigative desks before serving as the Post’s first social media and engagement editor from 2010 – 2011. Zamora began her journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman as an editorial aide and reporter. In 2009, she helped launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit news site based in Washington, D.C. She is also a previous Knight Digital Media Fellow with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.


    Markham Nolan  Markham Nolan is managing editor of Vocativ where he leads a team of journalists and analysts in New York and Tel Aviv. Markham was previously managing editor of social media news agency Storyful. Previously, his work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Irish Times and other broadsheets in Ireland, the UK and Australia.



    Carrie Brown  Carrie Brown is director of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s new Social Journalism initiative. Her research has focused primarily on how newsrooms can adapt to the rapidly evolving digital, mobile and economic climate. Named national educator of the year in 2014 by the Newspaper and Online Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Carrie worked most recently as an associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis. She had previously worked as a reporter and/or editor for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, CD Publications, and the Columbia Missourian. In addition, Carrie traveled to more than 50 newspapers across the United States as the manager of the Traveling Curriculum Program of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, helping newsroom leaders and staff find ways to preserve core values while adjusting to industry changes. She received her Ph.D from the University of Missouri.

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