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Newseum Will Host ‘Advocacy Journalism in the Digital Age’ Conference on March 1

Internet Pioneer Ted Leonsis Will Be the Keynote Speaker

WASHINGTON Feb. 21, 2011 March 1 Newseum American University

Ted Leonsis, a pioneer of the new media industry, professional sports team owner and philanthropist, will be the keynote speaker. In 2008, Leonsis launched SnagFilms, an online service that provides instant streaming and viral sharing of independently produced documentary films.

The conference will consist of three main panel discussions and two breakout sessions that will facilitate discussions between nonprofit advocacy organizations, producers and other media practitioners.

Participating organizations will include Bloomberg News, the National Wildlife Federation, NPR, Huffington Post, Oxfam and the United Nations Development Programme. Each panel discussion will encourage audience questions and participation.


Panel 1: "Advocacy Journalism Today: Where Are We?"

9 to 10:15 a.m.

Apollo Gonzales Sandy Close Tracy Van Slyke Clark Hoyt

Panel 2: "Case Studies: What Works, and How? What Does ‘Success’ Look Like?"

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wendy Hanamura Patrick Meier Jon Sawyer Susannah Vila Stephane Dujarric Bob Sipchen

Keynote Address

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Ted Leonsis, founder of SnagFilms and chairman, CEO and majority owner, Monumental Sports Entertainment.

Panel 3: "Earning Trust/Credibility"

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Alicia Shepard Danielle Brigida Arthur Delaney Nick Clooney Darfur

Breakout Session 1: "Getting Started"

3 to 4 p.m.

Sandy Close Todd Wolfson Marisa Jahn Jessica Clark

Breakout Session 2: "Working Models, Making Connections"

3 to 4 p.m.

Jeffrey Tuchman Jane Huber

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