NYC 16 | Schedule

Keynote speakers

Glossy Standards: The Ethics of Magazine Reporting and Editing
Sunday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.

Magazines have the ability to create national conversations. However, those conversations can shift to reporting and editing practices  when there are journalistic missteps – as seen with recent controversies involving Rolling Stone. This discussion will cover current magazine practices with editors from leading publications and recent scandals with an author of Columbia University’s Rolling Stone investigation.


Deb headshotDeborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science journalist, the author of five books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Poisoner’s Handbook, and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. This spring, the program will launch a new science magazine, Undark, dedicated to exploring – and investigating – the often contentious intersection between science and society. Somewhat to her  amazement, the magazine has already booked its major features for months to come.

Hank Hersch joined Sports Illustrated in 1985 and is currently an assistant managing editor.Hersch graduated from Princeton University in 1980, and holds an MSJ degree from Columbia University. He worked as a reporter for the Daily News in Mamaroneck, New York as well as the Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois, before joining Sports Illustrated in 1985. Hersch is the author of Greatest Football Games of All Time and co-author of Classic Rivalries: The Most Memorable Matchups in Sports History. He has also taught Sports Journalism to undergraduate students at CCNY and Fordham University.

DerekDerek Kravitz is a researcher and journalism instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a contributing writer and news editor at The Wall Street Journal, focusing on politics, crime and business in greater New York. Kravitz was the primary researcher and reporter for Columbia’s April 2015 report on Rolling Stone magazine’s flawed campus rape story at the University of Virginia.


HEADSHOT_ASAndrew M. Seaman is the chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also the senior medical journalist at Reuters in New York City. His work has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and several other publications.





PITTSByron Pitts
Co-Anchor, ABC’s “Nightline” and Author, “Step Out On Nothing”
Monday, March 14, 11:00am

Known for his thought-provoking coverage and his commitment to exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist and is a co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline.” In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and the Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.

Praised by 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesly Stahl as “truly moving,” Pitts tells his incredible story in his memoir “Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges” (2009). Pitts shares how his faith saw him through his many struggles and how a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to help him change his life. Katie Couric praised Pitts’ work, saying, “No wonder he is such an inspired storyteller—his own story is inspiring.”




WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Wesley Lowery, writer for The Washington Post in Washington, DC on July 10, 2014. (Photo by Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Wesley Lowery
National Reporter for The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 15, 11:00am

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for The Washington Post. He covers law enforcement, justice, race and politics. He has been on the front lines of The Post’s coverage of controversies over deadly police shootings. His articles and his Twitter feed have made him a leading figure in the national conversation about this and other national issues.

Lowery and a Huffington Post journalist were handcuffed and arrested in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, inside a McDonald’s which reporters were using as a staging area. Post Executive Editor Martin Baron has condemned the arrest and subsequent criminal charges as “an abuse of police authority” and “contemptible overreaching by prosecutors.”

Prior to joining the Washington Post in February 2014, Lowery worked as a breaking news and local politics reporter for the Boston Globe.

He also has reported for the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2014, he was named the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Emerging Journalist of the Year.”

Lowery was a reporter and editor (and National College Media Convention attendee)  for the student newspaper The Post throughout his time at Ohio University. He served as editor-in-chief in his senior year, graduating in 2012.

Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.