Klein News Innovation Camp 2019

By Technically Philly (other events)

Saturday, November 16 2019 9:00 AM 5:00 PM EDT

Klein News Innovation Camp 2019 (#kleincamp19) is an annual unconference on news innovation, in which attendees come together to discuss best practices in innovating and strengthening our communities and conversations.

The 11th annual Klein News Innovation Camp (formerly Barcamp News Innovation or BCNI) will feature conference sessions from newsroom leaders from big brands, local leaders, and independent freelancers who follow and spot trends in evolving news organizations. Like other unconferences, most of the programming is made on-site by the attendees to create an approachable environment.


  • 9:00AM: Arrive, Breakfast, Session Ideas 
  • 9:30AM: Session Board Closes 
  • 9:45AM: Welcoming Remarks 
  • 10:00AM: First Session 
  • 11:00AM: Second Session 
  • 12:00PM: Lunch & Keynote 
  • 01:00PM: Third Session 
  • 02:00PM: Fourth Session 
  • 03:00PM: Fifth Session 
  • 04:00PM: Closing Remarks 
  • 04:30PM: Happy Hour! @ The Draught Horse, 1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave


Fireside Chat with Michael Smerconish (Keynote):

This past summer, we announced that CNN host Michael Smerconish will serve as the keynote speaker. Smerconish will look at the relationship between commentary and reportage as we navigate the 2020 U.S. presidential election season.


Associated Press & SAP Present: A Conversation on D&I in the Workplace:

Technology has drastically transformed reporting — both the dissemination and consumption of news. Because of this shift, newsrooms are investing in experimenting with new and exciting ways to deliver content to their readers, and to uncover new revenue streams. Research and development is one example of how news organizations are diversifying their offerings, leveraging technology to uncover data insights on real-world trends.

In this panel session led by Philly Magazine Business Editor, Fabiola Cineas, AP and SAP will discuss the genesis, results and significance of a new workplace diversity survey the two organizations partnered to produce. Panelists will explore how media organizations should evaluate research as a value offering as well as the impact issues like D&I and #MeToo are having in settings ranging from the newsroom to the modern workplace — and what organizations can do to keep this conversation going.


Lessons on Collaborative Journalism from Resolve Philadelphia:

One of the most dynamic examples nationally of collaborative journalism is Resolve Philadelphia‘s Broke in Philadelphia project, involving dozens of newsrooms. Listen to several case studies specific to their projects, and lessons that other cities, newsrooms and journalists can act upon. Speakers include:

  • André Natta, editor, Broke in Philadelphia
  • Laura Deutch, education director, PhillyCAM
  • Danya Henninger, editor, Billy Penn
  • Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO, WURD
  • Wendy Warren, director of integrated media, NBC Philadelphia/Telemundo62


Funding the Future Newsroom:

Nonprofit, for-profit; philanthropy, investment; longterm, short-term: listen to this conversation about how we get to newsrooms of the future. The panel, moderated by managing editor, Julie Zeglen, features:

  • Molly de Aguiar, president, Independence Public Media Foundation
  • Anna Nirmala, director of portfolio development, American Journalism Project
  • Cheryl Thompson-Morton, program manager, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism


Are the News Media Killing Democracy?

Chris Satullo, principal at Keystone Civic Ventures, presents a rapid review of the evidence that the news media just might be doing just that, and a rundown of steps you can take to turn things around.


Freelancer Story Auction:

Freelancers will pitch stories in various stages of development, to an audience of editors who will bid for the publication rights. This is a REAL auction folks — each freelancer will set a minimum bid and the editors can bid in any increment above the minimum — and it will be conducted by Chris Wink, founder and CEO of Technically Media. Participating editors include:

  • Kerith Gabriel, Philadelphia Weekly
  • Danya Henninger, Billy Penn
  • Brian Howard, Philadelphia Magazine
  • Patrick Kerkstra, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Eugene Sonn, WHYY
  • Sabrina Vourvoulias, Generocity
  • Wendy Warren, NBC Philadelphia/Telemundo62
  • Julie Zeglen,


Covering Community Gun Violence: Practical Guidance from #BGVR2019

Journalists covering community gun violence are navigating a very difficult course that involves informing the public while respecting the communities and victims directly impacted. At Klein Camp, learn the major takeaways presented by a variety of key stakeholders at the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit. We'll share terminology, demystify assumptions about the epidemic of gun violence, and offer suggestions for source development. Get the Cliff's Notes version of #BGVR2019 so you can incorporate solutions journalism practices into your coverage of community gun violence. 


What does your ticket get you?

  • Admission to a day-long conference with smart leaders in how news is changing
  • Powerful keynote address
  • Track of sessions 
  • Unconference board to plan your own session
  • Pre-planned sessions from top news organizations and independent media outlets.
  • Continental breakfast with hot coffee; lunch; Happy Hour (drink ticket and apps)

Notes on Ticketing:

  • Temple affiliated receive free entry, with OWLcard.
  • General Admission: Admits you to attend all of the Klein Camp sessions.
  • Donation: Help make Klein Camp awesome. 100 percent of your money will go to improving the quality of the event.

This event is organized by Technically Media, the network of local technology news sites. As always, thanks to our organizing partner the Klein College of Media and Communication.

Special thanks to our Sponsor, SAP!


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Attendees are responsible for their own travel to and timely arrival at the event.

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