Featured Speakers

Joe BergantinoJoe Bergantino will offer a framework to guide you through ethical decision-making while investigative reporting. Is it ever acceptable to lie in the pursuit of a story? What’s the line between dogged reporting and violating someone’s privacy? Investigative reporting presents unique ethical challenges.

Joe Bergantino is the director and senior investigative reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News.


Lisa ChedekelLisa Chedekel will focus on ways students can access information about health care providers and trends and turn that information into stories that bring issues home to readers.

Lisa Chedekel is an award-winning reporter formerly with The Hartford Courant, where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team. Now co-founder of the nonprofit investigative news service, the Conn Health I-Team, she specializes in health and safety stories that combine data with compelling storytelling. She also teaches journalism at Northeastern University.


Mark FeeneyMark Feeney will discuss the relationship between journalism and culture – and how the relationship between the two has and hasn’t changed in the age of the Internet.

Feeney has covered photography, film and the arts with the BostonGlobe since 1979. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 1994 and won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2008. He is the author of “Nixon at the Movies: A Book About Belief.


Bill GreeneBill Greene will describe the evolution of a still photographer into multimedia. In an ever-changing world where there are increasing tools in the photojournalist’s arsenal, he’ll demonstrate how to enhance your ability to tell stories.

Greene is director of photography at the Boston Globe where he previously worked as a staff photographer for 28 years. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is also a four-time Emmy award winner and two-time Murrow award winner for his multimedia work for the Globe.


Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson, Boston University professor and former Globe editor, will show you how to create dynamic, engaging multimedia packages, regardless of your technical knowledge or publication’s budget.

Johnson was part of the team that launched the Globe’s award-winning regional website,
boston.com. Prior to moving into online media she was an editor for the Metro, Foreign and Business sections of the newspaper. She has received awards for excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.


Seth Mnookin and Taylor DobbsSeth Mnookin, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, and Taylor Dobbs, a Northeastern University senior, were among the first reporters on the scene as police chased the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in April. They will explain how they used whatever tools they had at their disposal to convey timely, accurate information about the rapidly changing story.

Mnookin was the managing editor of his high school newspaper, The Newtonite.He’s worked at or written for The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New York Times and many others. He’s the author of three books, including the national bestseller “Feeding the Monster,” which chronicles the year he lived with the Boston Red Sox. Since 2011, he’s been teaching at MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing.

Dobbs is a freelance journalist in his home state of Vermont. He recently completed a journalism degree at Northeastern University in Boston.


Paul NiwaPaul Niwa, a decorated broadcast and multimedia journalist, will show students how to do good journalism that speaks to their generation and not their grandparents’.

Niwa, the interim chair of the Emerson College journalism department, has launched two international television networks, six newscasts and a streaming media newscast for NBC, CNBC and StockHouse Media, Canada’s largest Internet company. His websites have earned national distinction for innovation, and his broadcast work has been aired on NBC, PBS, NPR and Pacifica.


Sacha PfeifferSacha Pfeiffer, NPR host and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, will explain the basic set of skills required for both print and broadcast reporters.

Pfeiffer is a senior reporter and host of WBUR’s “All Things Considered,” as well as a fill-in host on the nationally syndicated Here & Now. She was previously host of Radio Boston, the station’s weekday show highlighting

interesting people, places and issues in Boston and beyond. She was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on sex abuse in the Catholic church.


Dina RudickDina Rudick, of the Boston Globe will use “Game of Thrones” excerpts and journalism clips to explain the similarities in storytelling between documentary video and cinematic narrative, and show how you can use these principles to tell the stories around you.

Rudick is a three-time Emmy Award-winning photographer and videographer who has worked for the Boston Globe since 2002. During her tenure, the Globe has sent her around the world to cover stories ranging from the tsunami in Southeast Asia to women’s health in Haiti.


Bob RyanBob Ryan has been covering sports for the Boston Globe since 1968. He will explain what’s changed over the course of his career, what hasn’t, and what it all means for those starting out now.

Ryan is a retired columnist for the Boston Globe’s sports section, whose work appears in the section semi-regularly. He has covered all of Boston’s sports teams, and he is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters.”