REGISTER NOW for the 2019 ONO@CJR Conference Journalism in a Polarized World

Wed, June 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – Sat, June 8, 2019,

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

2950 Broadway

New York, NY 1002

United States



Never before have newsrooms been hit with such big challenges, across the globe, all at once. From questions about balanced coverage in a polarized age to the need for a more diverse workforce to the threats from disinformation and a lack of public trust, journalists must respond. But how?

Join the Organization of News Ombudsman and Standards Editors and the Columbia Journalism Review to tackle these critical questions. We’ll be joined by news ombudsmen and standards editors from around the world, journalists on the front lines, and leading academics to debate and discuss how journalism can, and should be, responding to an era of historic change.

There will be a session looking at the use of live stream material in the recent New Zealand terror attack and the response by governments and regulators to the use of that material in television in the news media.

Join us for our discussions on:

  • Challenges the newsmedia in the US face reporting in partisan times
  • Reporting on Trump’s taxes
  • Ensuring fair coverage in the Brexit Debate in the UK
  • The issues of live streaming and other reporting limitations concerning the Christchurch attacks
  • Unconscious biases in news reporting
  • Issues at the intersection of Facebook and responsible news coverage

Speakers will include

The founder of Craig’s List, Craig Newmark

The Editor in Chief of BuzzFeed, Ben Smith

Reuters Global Editor Ethics and Standards, Alix Freedman

BBC’s Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, David Jordan

CNN Executive Vice President of Standards, Richard Davis

Editor of Newsgathering at TVNZ’s 1 News, Phil O’Sullivan

The New York Times Pulitzer-winning journalist Russ Buettner

Professor Raju Narisetti from the Columbia School of Journalism

Dr Cynthia Ottavanio Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda

NPR Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen


Opening reception ; Wednesday 5 June,  6pm at The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café

Each day of the conference commences at 9am and will conclude at 5pm at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Conference dinner; Friday 7 June,   Classic Harbor Line, Yacht Manhattan 11, departing Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 at 7pm.

Please note

The number of places on the boat are strictly limited and they will be filled on a first come first served basis, starting with ONO members.


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