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  • 2017-10-04   5 - 9 p.m.
  • American University, School of Communication

Oct. 4, 2017, 5-9 p.m.

American University School of Communication

ONA U is a new mini-conference geared toward journalism students and young professionals looking for practical career and networking advice as they enter the workforce and begin their first jobs in journalism.

Program Schedule

  • Registration5 – 6 p.m., outside Media Innovation Lab

    Get ready for an evening of learning, training and networking! Check in and pick up information at the registration desk.

  • Brand Yourself: How to Build Your Online Portfolio6 – 6:45 p.m., Media Innovation Lab

    Today’s journalists need digital spaces to showcase their work and brand their content. Learn how to produce a portfolio that will stand out from the pack. Hear tips on best practices, platforms and presentations. We’ll share examples and provide quick takeaways on making your site stronger and more engaging. No coding required — just an open and creative mind!

  • Breaking In and Standing Out: Finding and Maximizing Opportunities as a Student6 – 6:45 p.m., 101

    You’ve got the grades and the skills — but what about cultivating experience? Our expert panel tells how to land journalism internships, fellowships and mentorships — and how to get the most of them once you’re in. Newsrooms are made of constantly evolving teams. Here is how to stand out.

  • Landing the Job: Interviewing, Negotiating and Connecting in the Digital World7 – 7:45 p.m., Media Innovation Lab

    You’ve made it through school, built a portfolio and completed an internship — so how about that job? Hiring managers tell what they look for and how best to communicate with employers. These pros know the nuances of securing a job — from follow-up emails to countering salary offers, and everything in between.

  • Snap, Gram and Stream: Using Social Media to Promote, Source and Tell Stories7 – 7:45 p.m., 101

    Snapchat. Instagram. Facebook Live. There are more ways than ever for journalists to connect with sources and audiences. You, too, can leverage emerging platforms to verify content, gather more information and distribute your work. If you want to be a journalist of the future, this panel is for you.

  • We Made It: Tales from the New Newsroom8 – 9 p.m., Forman Theater

    Feeling lost or overwhelmed as you start your journalism career? Take a breath — and a seat — as you listen to journalism standouts who’ve found their way. From a White House reporter to a data visualizer and a game designer, you’ll hear refreshing perspectives on navigating the new newsroom.

  • Angie ChuangAssociate Professor, University Of Colorado Boulder CMCI

    Angie is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information. She just joined the CU faculty after a decade at American University School of Communication. (more…)

  • Tressie McMillan CottomAssistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. (more…)

  • Cherisse DatuInteractive Media Producer, The Undefeated

    Cherisse DatuCherisse Datu is a game designer and video producer. She currently works as an Interactive Media Producer for ESPN’s The Undefeated. She received her Masters in Game Design from American University, and was a JoLT (Journalism and Leadership Transformation) Fellow studying the the intersection of Game Design and Journalism with a grant from the Knight Foundation.


  • Amy EismanDirector Media Entrepreneurship & Special Programs, American University School of Communication

    Amy oversees media entrepreneurship and special programs at SOC as well as teaches courses in reporting, convergent media and entrepreneurship. She also facilitates the JoLT (journalism and game design) efforts. Previously, Amy was director of AU’s MA in Interactive Journalism and the Writing for Communication classes. (more…)

  • Emma Carew GrovumProduct Manager, Daily Beast

    Emma Carew Grovum is a product manager at the Daily Beast in New York, working at the intersections of editorial, technology, workflow and audience. She’s also a cofounder of the Journalism Diversity Project. Previously, she’s worked with New York Times Opinion, Foreign Policy magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Webbmedia Group, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  • Evelyn HsuCo-Executive Director, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

    Evelyn Hsu is co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is a former associate director of the American Press Institute and a former member of the faculty of the Poynter Institute. Hsu was a reporter for The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. (more…)

  • Ethan KlapperGlobal Social Media Editor, HuffPost

    Ethan Klapper is HuffPost’s global social media editor and oversees the site’s social strategy. Previously, Klapper worked on the site’s politics section and at National Journal. He graduated cum laude from American University and has also worked at The Washington Post, BNA, The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News and mediabistro.com.

  • Jolie LeeInterview Producer, Al Jazeera

    Jolie is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. Currently, she works as an interview producer for Al Jazeera English’s live, social media-driven show “The Stream” focused on international current affairs. (more…)

  • Nolan D. McCaskillReporter, POLITICO

    Nolan D. McCaskill is a White House reporter at POLITICO and National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington reporting fellow. He graduated from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in December 2014 and began working at POLITICO later that month. (more…)

  • John X. MillerSenior News Editor, The Undefeated

    John X. Miller

    John X. Miller is the senior editor for news and commentary for The Undefeated, ESPN’s new website that reports on the intersection of race, sports and culture. Miller was managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper for 2 1/2 years before moving to ESPN. He is a native of Winston-Salem and is the first African- American managing editor of the Journal.


  • Jeremiah PattersonInstructor of Journalism, American University School of Communication

    Jeremiah teaches a variety of multimedia and broadcast courses in American University’s School of Communication and is creating a course for Spring 2018 called Storytelling with Emerging Media. (more…)

  • Lynne PerriJournalist in Residence, American University School of Communication; Managing Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Lynne Perri is a journalism professor and managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the School of Communication at American University. She teaches reporting, visual journalism and journalism ethics, and took students to New Hampshire to cover the primary in the last three presidential campaigns.


  • Sudeep ReddyManaging Editor, POLITICO

    Sudeep is a managing editor of Politico and a lecturer at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on the digital journalism landscape. He joined Politico in early 2017 after a decade in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, where he was an economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news.


  • Margot SuscaProfessorial Lecturer, American University School of Communication

    Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC’s journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches courses in reporting, journalism ethics, children’s media culture, mass media and society, and code. (more…)

  • Ariana TobinEngagement Reporter, ProPublica

    Ariana is an engagement reporter at ProPublica, where she works to involve communities in accountability reporting. She was previously at The Guardian, where she was an engagement editor focused on audience analytics, social media, and SEO best practices. (more…)

  • Wendy WarrenDirector of Integrated Media, NBC Washington

    Wendy Warren is the director of integrated media at NBC Washington, the digital home of NBC4 in Washington, D.C. NBC Washington’s digital platforms are D.C.’s most-visited source for news among local television sites, averaging about 3.5 million unique monthly visitors. (more…)

  • Aaron WilliamsGraphics Reporter, The Washington Post

    Aaron Williams is a reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. He’s also a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition and on the advisory board for Open News. He previously worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, Center for Investigative Reporting and the Los Angeles Times.

  • Additional SpeakerAdditional speaker to be announced