Keynotes & Education Sessions

Keynotes: Get ready for inspiration and innovation from two remarkable but very different leaders in our field. Learn more about our Keynotes and all of our speakers at our Speakers Showcase.

April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

An Experiment in Scale and Storytelling
Jeremy Gilbert, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post


Newsrooms must embrace the technical changes sweeping through journalism. Every aspect of our craft is being changed — but not for the worst. Our newsroom is changing the way we discover stories, present them and interact with our audiences. The Washington Post has undergone a cultural shift, integrating high-quality reporting with new technology-powered tools. While many of these innovations requires investment, key aspects of The Post’s recent successes can be replicated. The Post has been reinvigorated by its pursuit of new ideas and its commitment to the needs of its audience.

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April 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

What I Learned When My Wife And I Wrote A Book About Our One-Pound Daughter
Thomas French, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism, Professor of Practice, Indiana University t-french

Thomas and Kelley French, two award-winning journalists, co-authored a memoir about the life-and-death struggle for their daughter, a micro preemie born at the edge of what is possible and what is right. The baby survived. But finishing the book — and protecting the marriage — proved more tricky.

Join us for a session on how to report more deeply, whether you’re telling a story about someone else’s life or your own, on dealing with the vagaries of memory, and on the possibilities and frustrations of collaborative writing. As parents, Tom and Kelley found their experience in the NICU both harrowing and transcendent. Capturing some of that on the page was an entirely different challenge.

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