2018 Convention Sponsors
The Boston Globe is a 26-time Pulitzer Prize winning news source featuring premium national and local content daily. With the largest newsroom in the region, The Boston Globe provides more news, analysis and information about community events, sports and entertainment than any other local news source.
Chartbeat, the content intelligence platform for publishers, believes that today's content creators need mission-critical insights – in real time and across desktop, social and mobile platforms – to turn visitors into loyal audiences. That's why our software helps content creators understand what, within their content, keeps people engaged. Partnering with over 50,000 sites across 60+ countries, Chartbeat's software and front-line tools help the world's leading media companies harness the truth to measure and value the attention earned by their content.
The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. We believe the best days of American democracy lie ahead. Bipartisan solutions can modernize our elections. Digital advances can help people engage in civic life. New incentives can encourage political leaders to find principled compromise and address our country’s greatest challenges. The Democracy Fund is a resource for those who want to strengthen our nation’s democracy. We invest in change makers whose ideas and energy can make a difference. We advocate for solutions that can bring lasting improvement to our political system. We build bridges that help people come together to serve the nation, moving us closer to the ideal of a government of, by, and for the people.
The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. It works in three ways: collaborative development of news products; providing tools and trainings for journalists; and providing tools and trainings for people. The Facebook Journalism Project team is dedicated to ensuring reliable journalism thrives by delivering value through new products, partnerships with the news industry and programs.
The John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University supports passionate innovators and entrepreneurs who are creating the new models, tools and approaches that are redefining journalism. We seek to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public while challenging misinformation and disinformation; holding the powerful accountable; strengthening local news; and fighting bias, intolerance and injustice. For more, visit jsk.stanford.edu.
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind non-profit organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism. The Institute was founded in 2016 by cable television entrepreneur H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million, which has since been supplemented by other donors, for investment in innovative news initiatives, new technology, and new models for sustainable journalism. Lenfest also gifted his ownership of the Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com, the Philadelphia region’s largest local news website) and these news properties now serve as a live lab for the Institute’s innovation efforts.
Medill, a leader in education since 1921, offers programs in journalism and integrated marketing communications that combine enduring skills and values with new techniques and knowledge that are essential to thrive in today’s digital world. Medill has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence. As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way. The school’s graduate and undergraduate programs are educating a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals who are not only thriving in this evolving media landscape, but also helping to shape it.
The New York Times Licensing Group empowers companies to connect with their audiences, harnessing The Times’s world-class journalism and content curation to elevate experiences and engage customers. From political reporting and business, to culture and travel – we give audiences access to expert analysis and global perspective through stories that inform, entertain, and inspire. Our range of Times journalism and curated content is available in an array of formats to help organizations of all sizes streamline communications, supplement existing marketing campaigns and drive growth.
The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism backs reporters who spend nine months researching and writing the stories they care most deeply about — explanatory and investigative work with the potential to change policies. Fellows are in residence at Marquette University in Milwaukee and are assisted by a team of student journalists. Fellows receive a $65,000 salary stipend, plus generous funding for living expenses, travel and equipment. Fellows can access resources at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Philadelphia Media Network is the company behind the storied Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. Our fast-changing newsroom is committed to creating difference-making journalism and deepening our connection with the communities we serve. We’re owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and we’re at the very center of the mission to create a lasting future for ambitious local journalism through rapid experimentation and rapid innovation.
The Seattle Times serves Washington state with independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, as the region’s most trusted news media company, dedicated to quality journalism and public service. The Seattle Times is the second largest newspaper on the West Coast and the most-visited digital information source in the state. We have a proud tradition of investigative and watchdog journalism, and we’re pioneering new business models with community funding for specialized journalism initiatives. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, The Seattle Times’ stewardship is now led by the Blethen family’s fourth and fifth generations. The stewardship also includes the Yakima Herald-Republic and The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.