Journalism Transformations is a one-day colloquium hosted by the Ryerson School of Journalism and the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre,
featuring international experts on news audiences and consumption, and on journalism technology and education.

Six speakers, all global leaders in their fields, will share their research and experience in a public panel discussion,
after which a limited number of invited guests will engage in extended conversations with one or more of the experts over lunch and into the afternoon.
Please join us on
Thursday, April 28, 2016 to:

Learn from the world’s foremost researchers on journalism audiences and news consumption.

Have lunch at a table with the invited speaker of your choice.

Hear from The New York Times Creative Director about design innovation, among other leaders of innovation in news technology.

Contribute to unfolding of new pathways for journalism education.



Director, Social Journalism master’s program, City University of New York (CUNY)

CUNY’s groundbreaking social journalism master’s program, which Brown developed and now directs, is a radical answer to the question of how transformations in the news landscape change not only the curriculum of journalism education but its fundamental value proposition. It recasts journalism as a service that helps communities meet goals and solve problems, using a wide range of new tools and skills involving relationship-building, data, social media, and business. Brown will explore how j-schools must rethink their curriculum not only to apply the skills of journalism in museums, healthcare, and the arts but also to rethink how to best serve readers in the digital, mobile age.

Director of Digital Innovation, Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University

A news industry veteran and creator of Medill’s new media graduate program, Gordon has been the force behind the school’s “innovation project” classes, in which students develop new products or experiment with new technologies relevant to journalism. In addition to addressing the changing j-school landscape, Gordon will discuss his work as at the Northwestern Media Management Center, where he is responsible for a research initiative focusing on the impact of online communities, including social networks, on journalism and publishing.

Executive Director of the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

Virtual reality and immersive experience design are the latest innovations changing the way journalists tell stories and engage with their readers. Hill, who teaches courses in VR
storytelling and media entrepreneurship, came to the Cronkite school with extensive industry experience in digital media at BET.com and The Washington Post. In one of her recent startup classes, students developed apps for wearables, such as the Apple Watch. Hill will discuss her experiences incorporating emerging technologies into the practice of journalism and how to manage and encourage near-constant disruption in the classroom and the newsroom.

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Creative Director, New York Times R&D Lab

The New York Times Research and Development Lab has been exploring new paradigms for designing systems that can collaborate better with people, becoming conversational and leaving room for human interpretation. Lloyd offers examples and experiences – including new programming languages for listening to data in real time and collaborative interfaces for augmenting the journalistic process – that examine how such systems might evolve and lays out key principles for designing collaborative experiences between people and systems.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

One of the key tasks for news outlets is to develop better understandings of audiences: How audiences see the news and information ecosystem, and what they want from local news organizations. As principal investigator for the News Measures Research Project, Napoli discusses its multi-pronged effort to develop assessment tools for local journalism that can be used in a variety of contexts, including professional practice, academic research, His recent work is important to a discussion of technological change and the future of news as smaller, local news outlets also struggle to serve news consumers in a much larger market.

Professor of Communications, Roskilde University (Co-editor, Transformations: Late Modernity’s Shifting Audience Positions)

News audiences make sense of the multitude of news sources across print, broadcast, online and mobile media platforms and as the leader of an unprecedented 12-country study of news media consumption, Schrøder will discuss the technological, informative and interactive determinants of their news consumption. Comparing the recent findings to the author’s work in Denmark in pre-mobile 2008, Schrøder will help colloquium participants to make sense of the fluctuations between traditional news media and the surging digital news outlets of the internet and mobile devices.


Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould St. (at Church). Coffee will be served.

Understanding and reaching news audiences today and tomorrow (9:30 a.m. – 11:45 am)
Panel presentations and a discussion with our guests (details to come)

Lunchtime conversations (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
At Oakham House (lunch, and rest of day, are by invitation only)

Three break-out sessions: Audience behaviours, Emerging technologies + Journalism education (1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.)

Under the leadership of the session moderator, each intimate break-out discussion picks up where the morning session left off regarding the subject, and takes the conversation progressively deeper.

1. Audience behaviours: Philip Napoli, Kim Schrøder (moderator: Gavin Anderson)

2. Emerging technologies: Alexis Lloyd, Retha Hill  (moderator: Asmaa Malik)

3. Journalism education: Carrie Brown, Rich Gordon (moderator: Ivor Shapiro)

Open discussion and synthesis on implications for the future of journalism education. Coffee, wine and cheese will be served. (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 pm)

The afternoon session will close at 17:15.