BOB BENZ started his professional life as a journalist, toiling in newsrooms in Birmingham, Albuquerque, Denver and other locations. While in Albuquerque, Benz worked on a project that won the 1994 National Reporting Pulitzer. Helped get the Rocky Mountain News online in 1995. Worked for the E.W. Scripps Co. in a series of corporate interactive roles culminating in VP interactive. Currently works at Maroon Ventures and Radiant Markets with multi-product ad platform, and serves on the advisory board for the JSchool.|
MATTHEW CRAIG is a news photographer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN. He is a Winner of the POY (Pictures of the Year) Award. He covered the Obama/McCain debate at the University of Mississippi and many other Presidents, Senators, etc.
BERNHARD DEBATIN, Associate Professor for Multimedia Policy and Director of the Honors Tutorial Program at Ohio University's School of Journalism, where he teaches media ethics, online journalism, gender and race in the media, science and environmental journalism, and media theory. He authored a book on metaphor theory and more than 60 scholarly articles.
MICHAEL DIBARI, graduate student in E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He has been a working photojournalist for the past 20 years. His work has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines including: the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Detroit Free Press, the Albuquerque Journal, and Time magazine.
PHIL ELLIOTT is a White House reporter for The Associated Press, where he also writes about the intersection of the Internet, politics and pop culture. He spent 2006-2008 covering the presidential campaign for the AP, while he resided in New Hampshire, Ohio and aboard the candidates' planes.
CARY FRITH, Assistant Professor for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and adviser to Southeast Ohio Magazine. Frith has extensive experience in magazine, newsletter, and online journalism. She was an free-lance editor and writer for CompuServe Magazine; managing editor and associate publisher, Resources for Educators; and contract editor for Aspen Publishers.
AMY GOODMAN, American Broadcast Journalist and author. Co-host of "Democracy Now." Goodman has received dozens of awards for her work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, and most recently the Right Livelihood Award -- often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," and the Izzy Award, in honor of muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. Goodman is a role model for independent, critical and courageous journalism. She stands for the idea of socially responsible and ethically oriented media.
STEVE HILDEBRAND served as the deputy national campaign manager for Barack Obama. Joining then Sen. Obama in 2006, before the senator made a decision to seek the presidency, Hildebrand was at the forefront of all strategic decisions, helping to craft the groundbreaking grassroots campaign strategy from its inception. Hildebrand has a long and notable list of clients and former clients, including: the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign, Gore for President, Sen. Tim Johnson, Sen. Robert Byrd, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Americans United to Protect Social Security, America's Voice, Environmental Defense, National Environmental Trust, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Campaign Committee, the Democratic Governor's Association and several international unions including AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and SEIU.
MICHELLE HONALD, Assistant Professor for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Honald's research focuses on political consulting and its impact on campaigns and elections, ethics, and new media. She has an extensive professional background in public relations, including co-managing a public information team in Denver, Colorado, as well as working in non-profit, governmental and corporate settings.
JANELLE HUELSMAN is a JSchool junior studying public relations with a minor in political science and a certificate from the Ohio University Global Leadership Center. In November 2007, Janelle was named the Director of Public Relations for Scoop08, a position she served for fourteen months. Scoop08 was the first-ever online national newspaper by and for college students, with a focus was solely on the 2008 presidential election. As Director of Public Relations, Janelle used new and traditional media practices to serve on newspaper's editorial board and to lead the newspaper's more than 400 global correspondents for media outreach purposes. She worked in conjunction with editors, reporters and advisory board members, which included Frank Rich of the New York Times, Judy Woodruff and Sen. Joe Leiberman. Her work resulted in coverage on "CNN Newsroom," The Boston Globe, "The Martha Stewart Show," Al Jazeera, among more than 100 other national and international placements.
ALBERT L. MAY, Associate Professor of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University. He has recently written on media coverage of online politics, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and Hurricane Katrina. Previously, he was a political journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Raleigh News and Observer and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Selected Works: "Campaign 2008: It's On You Tube."
GARY MONEYSMITH, Interactive Strategy Director, Conrad | Phillips | Vutech (Columbus, Ohio advertising/interactive agency). A 1993 Ohio University college of business administration graduate, Gary has 16 years of professional marketing communications experience. As an internet strategist, Gary has worked with clients in professional sports, magazine publishing, non-profit, government, education and Fortune 100.
MARCY NIGHSWANDER, Professor, School of Visual Communication; staff photographer, Washington Bureau of the Associated Press, The Cincinnati Post, The Beacon Journal (Akron), Fostoria Review Times. Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Published in LIFE, Time, Business Week, People, Newsweek, Fortune, McCall's, and Sports Illustrated.
JENNIFER POGGI is the Deputy Director of Photography at U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C. She is currently a Knight Fellow at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, pursuing a master's degree.
PETER SHAPLEN is an award-winning journalist and successful business executive. He recently was the pool producer for both the Scott Peterson double-murder and the Michael Jackson molestation trials. He built, led, and managed the ON24 Financial News Network.
The symposium is sponsored by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and alumni R. Smith Schuneman and Patricia W. Schuneman.