A Research and Practice Workshop


Thursday, Nov. 9, The Commons at KU

Download Workshop Program
  • 9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks 
    • Perry Alexander, AT&T Foundation Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director at Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, KU
    • Ann Brill, Dean, KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications, KU
  • 9:30-10:45 Research Findings & Implications | Q&A 
    • Rob Faris, Research Director at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation in Digital Political Communication”
    • Shyhtsun Felix Wu, Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Davis, “Analyzing Online Social Interactions for Cyber Security, Framing and Network Interference”  
  • 10:45-11:45 Challenges and Possible Solutions for News Media and Industry | Q&A
    • Vickie Walton-James, Senior National Editor at National Public Radio, "We Stand with the Facts"
    • Luther Lowe, Vice President of Public Policy at Yelp, "Fake News and Fake Reviews: Yelp's Perspectives on Misinformation in a Democratic Society"
  • 11:45-12:00 Community-Academic Partnership 
    • Presentation by KU Center for Digital Inclusion & Community Partners
    • Hyunjin Seo, Joseph Erba, Mugur Geana, Crystal Lumpkins & Hong Vu
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch (Lunch boxes provided) & Spotting Fake News and Reviews (Prizes)
  • 13:00-13:45 News Media Panel: What Has Changed?
    • Colleen McCain Nelson, Editorial Page Editor, The Kansas City Star; Eric Nelson, Assistant Managing Editor/Digital, The Kansas City Star; Laura Lorson, Host/Producer, KPR; Lisa McLendon, News & Info Track Chair, KU; Jerry Crawford, Associate Professor of Journalism, KU (Moderator)
  • 13:45-14:30 Industry Panel: Navigating New Territory
    • Desirée Fish, VP Global Communications, TripAdvisor; Chad Martin, Director of Social + Emerging Media at VML; Travis Wright, Co-founder, CCP Digital; Matt Tidwell, Program Director, Integrated Marketing Communications, KU Edwards Campus (Moderator)
  • 14:30-15:15 Scholar Panel: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    • Bill Staples, Professor of Sociology; Fengjun Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Alfred Ho, Professor of Public Administration; Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication; Ann Brill, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (Moderator)
  • 15:15- 16:00 Library Panel: How to Engage the Public
    • Carol Levers, Executive Director, Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries; Wendy Pearson, Education/Career Advancement Coordinator, Kansas City Missouri Public Libraries; Melissa Fisher Isaacs, Information Services Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library; Karna Younger, Faculty Engagement Librarian, KU Libraries; Doug Ward, Associate Professor of Journalism at KU (Moderator)
  • 16:00-17:00 Networking Reception (Invitation Only, Malott Room, Kansas Union)

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today