A public conversation on Web journalism

A fascinating group of media folks (well, excluding yours truly, who is decidedly non-fascinating to put it charitably), are participating next Wednesday in a “Public Conversation on Web Journalism”  at the Howard H. Baker Center (Toyota Auditorium) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This group will be speaking with 50 to 75 University of Tennessee students. I’m sure we’ll learn something from them.

Public Conversation on Web Journalism II

April 1, 2009

Hosted by the Tennessee Journalist

Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media and the Scripps Howard Foundation and put together by University of Tennessee professor Jim Stovall.


Jack Lail, director of news innovation, Knoxville News Sentinel.
Lail spends his day trying to figure out this Internet thing.

Patrick Beeson, Scripps Networks

Liz Gray, assistant editor, Scripps Networks Interactive
Gray a writer and editor for FoodNetwork.com and FrontDoor.com.

Bob Benz chief operating officer, Radiant Markets, LLC
Benz is the co-founder and COO of Radiant Markets, a startup designed to provide highly optimized, measurable Internet advertising solutions to small and medium businesses. He currently is putting in place the operational procedures and technology needed for Radiant to grow and scale.

Scott Adcox, applications engineer for Scientific Games, Alpharetta, GA
Scott is the “tech” side of NewTechZilla, a site he launched with journalist Trace Sharp from West Tennessee that explores how technology, blogging, and social media are changing journalism.

Lara Edge, VP/Editorial for Scripps Networks Interactive web sites, HGTV.com, FoodNetwork.com, DIYnetwork.com.
Lara works with the development and Search teams on taxonomies and building out content management systems.

Brent Hubbs, publisher/editor of Volquest.com, a partnership with Yahoo.com/Rivals.com.
Brent has been doing this since January 2000, growing from a staff of one to a staff of four. He was recently named the state of Tennessee’s top sportswriter, the first time the award has been given to an online journalist.

Tom Chester director of newsroom operations, Knoxville News Sentinel
Chester direct content across all News Sentinel publishing platforms and supervises the Continuous News Desk.

Victor Agreda, senior programming manager, AOL’s Weblogs division
Agreda manages several blogs in Tech and Foreign verticals: TUAW.com, DownloadSquad.com and the Spanish versions of Engadget and Autoblog.

Jigsha Desai, continuous news editor – online, Knoxville News Sentinel
Desai works with online producers and different departments in ensuring quality and innovative content on Knoxnews web sites.

Katie Allison Granju, director of Social Media for Ackermann Public Relations. Previously, she was a Project Manager with Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group, and Online Producer at WBIR-TV. She’s a blogger, a published author, and the mother of four children.

Jay Small, Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group in Knoxville.

Chad Parizman, Director, Community Management at Scripps Networks

Randy Neal, software entrepreneur and founder, editor, and publisher of KnoxViews.com. KnoxViews is a hyperlocal, community-driven independent media blog/website.

Lauren Spuhler,  online producer at Knoxnews.com
Spuhler creates quality, innovative content on Knoxnews Web sites.

Knight Stivender, The Tennessean (Nashville)

Jake Jost oversees content for wbir.com. When time allows or deadline demands, he analyzes data for reporters and creates data-oriented resources.

Phil Kaplan, deputy sports editor, Knoxville News Sentinel Kaplan is responsible for daily assignments and production of the sports section as well as the content that appears on the paper’s three Web sites for sports: knoxnews.com, prepxtra.com and govolsxtra.com.

Chuck Warnock, creator, Krayo.com. Chuck is a columnist for Outreach magazine; pastor of Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Va; and blogger at ChuckWarnock.com.  He edits SmallChurchPROF.com and NewChurchReport.com — church news and information sites using link journalism.

Cyn Mobley, editor and owner, Bushido Press. Mobley is a former naval officer and criminal defense defense attorney and currently a best-selling mystery and techno-thriller author. She is also an expert in the martial arts and dog rescue effort