Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Immersive media in the Post-COVID World: Considering Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Journalism in the 21st Century
John V. Pavlik is Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Pavlik’s books include Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality (Columbia University Press), Converging Media, with Shawn McIntosh (Oxford University Press) and Mobile Disruptions in the Middle East, with Everette E. Dennis, Rachel Davis Mersey and Justin Gengler (Routledge Press). A former contributor to CNN Interactive, Pavlik is co-developer of the Situated Documentary, a new form of journalism storytelling using immersive media. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota (1983).
Founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University, USA
The Peace Journalism Solution
Steven Youngblood is the founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA, where he is a communications and peace studies professor. He has organized and taught peace journalism seminars and workshops in 27 countries/territories. Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007). He also served as a U.S. State Department Senior Subject Specialist in Ethiopia in 2018. Youngblood is the author of “Peace Journalism Principles and Practices” and “Professor Komagum.” He edits “The Peace Journalist” magazine, and writes and produces the “Peace Journalism Insights” blog. He has been recognized for his contributions to world peace by the U.S. State Department, Rotary International, and the World Forum for Peace, which named him a Luxembourg Peace Prize laureate for 2020-21.
Media Consultant, Former Head of both BBC Arabic and Yahoo! Inc. in the Middle East, Part time instructor in the American University of Cairo, Writer in Al Shourouk Newspaper
"How COVID-19 helped Audience Redefine Me!"
A media and communication consultant, moderator and TV presenter
working regionally and internationally. Hosam El Sokkari is the former head of BBC Arabic in London
(television, radio and online); the BBC’s media operation in the Middle East.
He is also the former head of Yahoo! Audience in MENA region
responsible for media acquisition, content creation and aggregation, as well as
training and development of Yahoo! journalists and content creators.
He has recently launched a social media initiative aiming at
educating the wider masses media ethics and professional conduct. He launched
“Sokkari Salon” with the start of the corona epidemic with channels on:
Facebook, twitter, periscope, twitch and Clubhouse.
Hosam runs Advanced Media Relations workshops in the American
University in Cairo helping organisations and corporates connect more
effectively and constructively with the media and through his agency. He offers
strategic advice and coaching for senior executives on facing the public
through the media, conducting TV interviews, running press conferences and
maximizing communication impact through media.
Throughout his career in the BBC and other organisations, he has
been a strong advocate of audience participation and helped coin innovative
concepts to harness the power of social media and integrate audiences in the
fabric of media production.
Broadcast & Digital Journalism California State University Northridge
Need for journalists to master digital curation skills as well as non-curation skills
Benjamin A. Davis is an Associate Professor of Broadcast &
Digital Journalism at California State University Northridge. He is a board member emeritus on the
Princeton Prize in Race Relations at Princeton University. Ben served on the
launch team for MSNBC.com as an Interactive Producer/editor. He was the
Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special
He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York. He
was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C.. In 1992 he was the
inaugural Burton R. Benjamin Fellow at the University of Michigan
Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism.
Ben has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred
I. duPont awards for broadcast – one for reporting and the other as Executive
Producer. He created a writing model, that builds on the century-old
analog-based Inverted Pyramid, called the Digital Media Pyramid about which he
wrote the e-book, “The Digital Media Pyramid: A Guide for 21st Century Bloggers,
Reporters and Citizen Journalists.” He graduated from Whittier College and
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international
relations at the University of Copenhagen. He taught journalism for 10-years at
Rutgers University and three-years at Florida A&M University.