Table Talks: Product Design and Development

Consistently ranked among the best experiences of our conference, this series of participatory, inspiring conversations will address challenging topics in your area of expertise. Participants are able to choose their own conversations and collaborate with the brightest minds in their fields to explore new ideas on common issues.

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.

Please note: there are many more topics to come, so stay tuned!

You'll have the option to join two of the following conversations throughout the morning:

  • Managing a cross-functional team: Tips and tools for building trust & empathy between reporters, developers and designers - Becca Aaronson Davis
  • The possibilities, threats, and ethics of AI in the newsroom. - Dan Ratner
  • How to build simple prototypes for testing the viability of software tools - Josh Hart
  • Emerging platforms: How to decide which are worth your time, which could be the next Peach - Meena Thiruvengadam
  • How to prototype demand for a content type, before moving it up the funnel - Nasr ul Hadi
  • Artificial Intelligence in the newsroom - Quin Murray
  • Telling more compelling stories and deepening audience engagement through maps - Robby Deming
  • How might we incorporate emerging technologies into our newsrooms or classrooms, with limited resources? - Robert Hernandez
  • How to integrate 360 video as a part of your organization's digital report. - Veda Shastri
  • How can blockchain help journalism? - Vivian Schiller


Becca Aaronson Davis
Director of Product, Chalkbeat
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Dan Ratner
CEO, Public Good
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Josh Hart
Product Manager, The Seattle Times
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Meena Thiruvengadam
Success Manager,
@meena_thiruVisit Website

Nasr ul Hadi
Knight Fellow — India, Int'l Center for Journalists, PROTO
@nasrhadiVisit Website

Quin Murray
Cofounder & CPO, Krzana
@KrzanaLtdVisit Website

Robby Deming
Media Strategy Manager, Esri
@RobbyDemingVisit Website

Robert Hernandez
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice,, USC Annenberg School of Journlism
@webjournalistVisit Website

Veda Shastri
Producer, Immersive Storytelling, The New York Times
@vedashastriVisit Website

Vivian Schiller
CEO, Civil Foundation
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Fergus Bell
Journalist & Consultant, Dig Deeper Media & Pop-Up Newsroom
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