Program – 2014 Annual Conference

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FEBRUARY 27: No Secrets: Journalism in the Age of Surveillance [University Center Conference Center]

[NOTE: Bring a laptop computer for the afternoon workshop: a tablet will not have enough memory/processing power. Chromebook ok.]

Chicago Kent LogoThis full day conference, “No Secrets: Journalism in the Age of Surveillance,” is generously sponsored by the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.



8:00 Coffee

8:45 Welcome: Jo Ellen Green Kaiser and Linda Jue

9:00 More than a Face: What Social Media Knows About You

  • Prof. Lori Andrews, Esq., Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology

10:15 Citizen Journalism and Police Surveillance

  • Moderator: Prof. Tim McNulty, Co-Director of the National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
  • Josh Stearns, Press Freedom Director, Free Press and Board Member, Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Eva Galperin, Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • amalia deloney, Associate Director, Center for Media Justice

11:45 Lunch

12:15 Why NSA Surveillance Matters to You

  • Moderator: Laura Flanders, GritTV
  • Gavin MacFadyen, Director, Centre for Investigative Journalism, City University, London
  • Bea Edwards, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

1:30 Know Your Threat Model

  • Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

2:00 “Ignite” Style Talks on Tools

  • Moderator: Daniel Massoglia, Research Assistant, Institute for Science, Law and Technology

2:30 Hands on Learning (Genius Bar)
[NOTE: Bring a laptop computer for the afternoon workshop: a tablet will not have enough memory/processing power. Chromebook ok.]

  • “Surveillance Defense”: Pete Snyder, Ph.D. student at University of Illinois-Chicago
  • “Tor”: Karen Reilly, Tor
  • “PGP”: Joel Luellwitz, Jennifer Helsby, and Freddy Martinez
  • “Informacam, Obscuracam”: Diana Del Olmo, Guardian Project
  • “SecureDrop”: Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    In addition to these specific tools, experts will be available for one-on-one discussions with you about other steps you can take to secure your own work and that of your sources from corporate, police and/or government surveillance.

4:30 Closing Discussion facilitated by Jo Ellen Kaiser and Linda Jue

3:30  Free Screening: Shadows of Liberty, sponsored by Bullfrog Films

ABOUT SHADOWS OF LIBERTY: Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover‐ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots.  Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? FEATURING: Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Dick Gregory, Roberta Baskin, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges, Kristina Borjesson, and many more.

7:00-9:00 PM IMPACT AWARDS and OPENING RECEPTION [*Blake Hotel*]

voqalThe impact awards are generously sponsored by the Voqal Fund. Voqal supports nonprofit organizations and individuals using media and technology to empower those who are politically, economically or socially disenfranchised. Voqal supports the TMC Metrics Project.

7:00 PM Welcome: Rinku Sen, Executive Director, Race Forward

7:30 PM Impact Awards Presentation: Julie McCarroll, Director of Publicity and Marketing, The New Press

8:00 PM Cocktails

FEBRUARY 28: CONNECT [University Center Conference Center]
8:00 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
8:30 Welcome – Maya Schenwar, Truthout
8:45 2013 Annual Report–Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Executive Director
9:00  Breakout Sessions

  • Staff, Volunteer or Intern? w/ Jennifer Halperin (Columbia College), Kim Elliott ( and Sarah Leonard (Dissent)
  • Enewsletters–Have They Lost Value? w/Rod Arakaki (Yes!), Mike Maxwell (High Country News), Joe Macare (Truthout) and Phillip Smith (Phillip Smith Consulting)
  • Video Journalism on a Shoestring w/ Channing Kennedy (Alliance for a Just Society–formerly at Colorlines), Brian Conley (Small World News & Storymaker), Madeleine Bair (Human Rights Channel)  and Steve Michelson (Specialty Studios) and moderated by Joseph Smooke (

10:15 Coffee

BKlogo_100x100This coffee break is sponsored by TMC member Berrett-Koehler Publishers, publishers of Bea Edwards’ forthcoming book, The Rise of the American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be Afraid


10:30 Breakout Sessions

  • What is Audience Development? w/ Mike Popalardo (Next Steps Marketing)
  • Telling Stories with Data w/ Susan Smith Richardson (Chicago Reporter) and Mary Bottari (PR Watch)

11:45 LUNCH PLENARY-The Use and Abuse of Whistleblowers

Moderator: Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!
Speakers: Gavin MacFadyen, Director,  Centre for Investigative Journalism
Bea Edwards, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

2:00 Working Groups

  • Reproductive Justice
  • Kauai Pesticide Project
  • Database Project
  • Open

3:30 Tool Demos (Knight Lab)
4:00 Working Groups

  • Media Policy
  • Video Journalism–Working with Filmmakers
  • Metrics Impact Project
  • Open

5:30 Day Ends

Remember when a party meant having a beer with your pals? No band, no frills, just people time? Well, welcome to our Party like a Startup!
Columbia College, 33 E. Congress, Room C-101 (Enter on Wabash Ave)
Hosted by your local Chicago members Truthout and The Chicago Reporter with special thx to Columbia for the space!


MARCH 1: 8:30-2:00 PM CONNECT [University Center Conference Center]
8:30 Coffee, Tea, Pastries


Breakfast generously sponsored by the Media Democracy  Fund. MDF supports the Media Consortium’s Media Policy Program.


9:00 Morning Plenary: How to Measure Impact

Ariel White and Ben Schneer, Harvard University (the TMC Metrics Project)
Prof. Jana Diesner, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

10:00 Breakout sessions

  • Mapping Foundation Philanthropy w/ Lauren Pabst (MacArthur Foundation), Jay Harris (American Prospect), and Vince Stehle (Media Impact Funders)
  • Making the Most of Mobile w/ Charlie Meyerson (Roosevelt U & Rivet), Steve Katz (Mother Jones) and Joe Baker (Care2)

11:15 Breakout sessions

  • Revenue 5.0 w/ Lisa Skube (Journalism Accelerator), Patrick Kitano (BNN), and Mike Antares (Texas Observer)
  • Building Movements from Stories w/ Jim Miller (Brave New Foundation), Brian Stewart (Generation Progress), and Matt Rothschild (The Progressive)
  • Supporting News Literacy w/ Rory O’Connor (Globalvision), Jennifer Choi (McCormick Foundation), Josh Stearns (Free Press), Linda Jue (GWW)  and Dyan Ruiz (

12:30 CLOSING LUNCH PLENARY: Collaboration Costs and Benefits

mccormick foundation This lunch plenary is generously sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a sponsor of the Social Justice News Nexus


  • Moderator: Jo Ellen Green Kaiser
  • Mark Hallett, Program Officer, McCormick Foundation
  • Kari Lydersen, Community Fellowship Director, Social Justice News Nexus at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
  • Sandy Close, Executive Director, New America Media
  • Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact

MARCH 1: 2:00-5:00 PM:  PLAN [For TMC Members & Invitees Only]
2:00 Welcome, Alan Searle

  • Understanding our Past, Steve Katz, Mother Jones
  • The Lay of the Land, Tiffany Shackelford, Executive Director, AAN
  • Envisioning our Future, Gregg Zachary, Walter Cronkite School, Arizona State

3:30 Small Group Discussions

4:30 Crafting a Vision,  Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

5:00 Day Ends
MARCH 2: 9:00-2:00 PM:  PLAN
9:00 Coffee

9:30 Breakout Sessions

11:30 Mapping a Joint Vision w/ facilitator Craig Spargimino

12:30 Lunch: Next Steps

2:00 Planning Session Ends: Bon Voyage!