Table Talks: Business: Revenue + Ethics

Consistently ranked among the best experiences of our conference, this series of participatory, inspiring conversations will address challenging topics in your area of expertise. You'll be able to choose your own conversation from the list of ideas below.

These discussions will give you an opportunity to collaborate with top minds in the field to explore new ideas on common issues you face.

Head to the room that has the topics that interest you most, sit anywhere, and our trained facilitators will you give you (very brief!) instructions on how Table Talks will work.

  • How to encourage wild innovation – Burt Herman
  • The importance of resilience in a struggling news industry – Catherine Cloutier
  • Could giant US news media dominate globally as Google and Facebook have? – Craig McCosker
  • How a neurodiverse newsroom helps you see the world in a different light – Dean Betz
  • How to get the most out of off site freelancers who are becoming essential to original reporting in today's media landscape – Geoff Dietrich
  • Media law questions – Gregg Leslie
  • How can we use collaborative partnerships to elevate rural and local news to broader audiences? – Heather Bryant
  • Can journalists be successful at business without selling their souls? – Janine Warner
  • How can emerging leaders in the business of journalism better support each and work together to solve big challenges? – Jason Alcorn
  • What's the best way for news organizations to create a culture of constant learning? – Eric Athas
  • How do we jump start digital revenue – Tony Haile
  • What makes a sustainable business model for nonprofit journalism? – Marcia Parker
  • Is winter coming? Fans of sci-fi discuss what's the worse that would happen if we lost the war on the media? – Marie Gilot
  • Optimizing your business travel – Rob Pegoraro
  • What is a content team's role in helping revenue sell native and sponsored advertising? – Samantha Ragland
  • How can we get it together to fix the broken trust in journalism? – Sara Catania
  • How can small, rural organizations with limited resources recruit quality candidates (and keep them!) – Sara Konrad Baranowski
  • Converting casual consumers into subscribers – Shannon Busta
  • With the consumer preferring digital as their main platform for news, what does monetization of the future look like? – Stephanie Slagle
  • Speaker Resources


    Burt Herman - Director of Innovation Projects, Lenfest Institute for Journalism
    @burtherman |

    Catherine Cloutier - Managing Editor, Google Play Newsstand
    @cmcloutier |

    Craig McCosker - Product Manager, Mobile, Australian Broadcasting Corporation News
    @craigmcc |

    Dean Betz - Executive Producer, MSN
    @deanbetz |

    Geoff Dietrich - Executive Producer of News Gathering, AJ+
    @TheGeoffD |

    Gregg Leslie - Legal Defense Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
    @gregg_leslie |

    Heather Bryant - Director, Project Facet
    @HBCompass |

    Janine Warner - ICFJ Knight Fellow and Co-founder of SembraMedia, SembraMedia
    @janinewarner |

    Jason Alcorn - Nonprofit News Consultant,
    @jasonalcorn |

    John Ness - Director, Team Brand at SB Nation; and Founder, Local Standrd,
    @johnness |

    Kristen Hare - Reporter, The Poynter Institute
    @kristenhare |

    Eric Athas - Senior Editor, Digital Training, The New York Times
    @ericathas |

    Marcia Parker - Publisher and Chief Operating Officer, CALmatters
    @MarciaParkerSF |

    Marie Gilot - CUNY J+ Director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
    @louiegilot |

    Rob Pegoraro - Journalist, Prose Hacking, LLC
    @robpegoraro |

    Samantha Ragland - Manager, Digital Entertainment Strategy, The Palm Beach Post
    @sammyragland |

    Sara Konrad Baranowski - Editor, Iowa Falls Times Citizen
    @skonradb |

    Shannon Busta - Platform Strategist, The Globe and Mail
    @Busta_ |

    Stephanie Slagle - Director of Digital Strategy, WBNS 10-TV
    @stephanieslagle |


    Federica Cherubini - Head of Knowledge Sharing, Condé Nast International
    @fedecherubini |

    Greg Emerson - Mobile Product Manager, The Wall Street Journal
    @emersongreg |