Opening Keynote: All Eyes on Ferguson, Mo.

  • Thursday - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Chicago Ballrooms
  • #ona14

Following the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo. became a petri dish of breaking news reporting in the 21st century, magnifying race relations, social media eyewitness accounts, minute-by-minute mobile reporting, class dynamics, news saturation and the rights and safety of the press. Each of these factors impacted events, coverage and reaction, from the White House to local neighborhoods. Our on-the-ground journalists, some of whom became the news, meet in a conversation to debrief on coverage as it unfolded and the complex issues Ferguson has evoked.

— This session will have live video

— This session will have recorded audio


David Carson - Staff Photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
@pdpj |

Trymaine Lee - National Reporter, MSNBC
@trymainelee |

Wesley Lowery - Political Reporter, The Washington Post
@WesleyLowery |

Mariah Stewart - Freelance Journalist, Huffington Post / Beacon Reader
@mzzzmariah |

Claire Ward - Producer/Shooter, VICE News
@thementalward |