Keynote Speakers

Prof. John V. Pavlik

Department of Journalism and Media Studies,
School of Communication and Information,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Title : Immersive media in the Post-COVID World: Considering Augm​ented Reality and Virtual Reality Journalism in the 21st Century

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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).

Prof. Steven Youngblood

Founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University,
USA

Title : The Peace Journalism Solution

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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).

Mr. Hosam El Sokkari

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

Title : “How COVID-19 helped Audience Redefine Me!”

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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. 

Assoc. Prof. Benjamin A. Davis

Broadcast & Digital Journalism California State University Northridge

Title : Need for journalists to master digital curation skills as well as non-curation skills

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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 Projects department.

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.