Table Talks: Mission, Ethics, Culture and Career

  • Friday, Sep 14 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • JW Grand Ballrooms 1+2
  • #ONA18TableTalks

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:

  • Navigating and maximizing mid-career journalism fellowships - Aparna Mukherjee
  • Navigating stress management in digital media and journalism - Corvaya Jeffries
  • Journalist and newsroom safety, including online harassment and social media hygiene - Courtney Radsch
  • Staying motivated. Staying healthy. Staying Human. - David Cohn
  • How can we better support journalists in low-salary positions to access training, networking and other resources they need to support their work, advancement or entrepreneurial ambitions. - Heather Bryant
  • How can designers, developers or data journalists help get more traditionally minded colleagues excited about new possibilities? - Justin Myers
  • Training for journalists, work/life balance - Kari Cobham
  • do I explain my resume again (Job hunting for digital nomads) - Kim Bui
  • How to keep your zen amidst workplace politics - Kristen Lepore
  • Humane, creative, flexible, effective performance management - Matthew Thompson
  • Mentoring young journalists is about more than just giving reporting tips. - Megha Satyanarayana
  • Building and managing a fruitful, streamlined internship program...even in a small newsroom - Michelle Billman
  • If you have "strategy" in your job description, let's talk about what that means - Nadine Ajaka
  • How to make intranewsroom communication more effective - Rachel Glickhouse
  • Professional development in the newsroom: how do you help people learn new skills when everyone is too damn busy? - Rodney Gibbs
  • Let's talk about managing effectively while facing imposter syndrome! - Stephanie Yiu


Aparna Mukherjee
FUSE Fellow, FUSE Corps, City of Los Angeles
@aparnamukVisit Website

Corvaya Jeffries
Associate Producer, CNN

Courtney Radsch
Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
@courtneyrVisit Website

David Cohn
Senior Director - Alpha Group, Advance Digital
@digidaveVisit Website

Heather Bryant
Director, Project Facet
@HBCompassVisit Website

Justin Myers
Data Journalist, The Associated Press
@myersjustincVisit Website

Kari Cobham
Senior Manager of Digital Content, Cox Media Group
@KariWritesVisit Website

Kim Bui
Freelance, Freelance
@kimbuiVisit Website

Kristen Lepore
Manager, KCRW's Independent Producer Project, KCRW
@kristenleporeVisit Website

Matthew Thompson
Executive Editor, The Atlantic
@mthompsVisit Website

Megha Satyanarayana
Senior Editor, Chemical & Engineering News
@meghasVisit Website

Nadine Ajaka
Senior Producer, Video Platforms, The Washington Post
@nadineajakaVisit Website

Rachel Glickhouse
Partner Manager, Documenting Hate, ProPublica
@riogringaVisit Website

Rodney Gibbs
Chief Product Officer, Texas Tribune
rgibbsVisit Website

Steph Yiu VIP, Automattic
@crushgearVisit Website


A. Adam Glenn
Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College, City University of New York
@aadamglennVisit Website

Samantha Ragland
Manager, Digital Storytelling, The Palm Beach Post
@sammyraglandVisit Website

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