Josh Stearns

Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director, Free Press

@jcstearns

Josh is a journalist and community strategist working for press freedom and the future of news through media and tech policy. Working with Free Press’s more than 500,000 members Stearns helps amplify the voice of local people in the policy debates that shape our media. For the past nine months he has been tracking journalist arrests and press suppression at Occupy protests, an effort the earned him “Storify of the Year” for 2011. He has written numerous reports on journalism, media consolidation and public media, and speaks regularly about community engagement, activism and the future of news. His articles have appeared online at Mother Jones, Orion Magazine, Yes Magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review. Before joining Free Press, Josh coordinated policy and communications efforts for service-learning and higher education organizations. He holds a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in American studies from UMass Amherst.

Sessions

  • Saturday, 3:30 pm
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – Innovation and Trends in Video Storytelling

    More of a conversation than presentation, let’s get together and share some of the cool ways we’re using video to tell stories.

  • Saturday, 2:15 pm
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – How Do We Keep the “Story” in Alternate Story Form?

    Do we lose narratives with alternate story forms? Where's the context? This session encourages discussion about what works and what doesn't.

  • Saturday, 11:30 am
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – Is Tumblr the New Time, Inc.?

    Are journalists’ future homes in places that aren’t primarily about journalism, and should it be?

  • Thursday, 9:00 am
    Hospitality Room

    Intro to Design Thinking

    This session will be led by staff of Stanford’s world-renowned Hasso M. Plattner Institute of Design — commonly called the d.school.

  • Thursday, 9:15 am
    Grand Ballroom B, Garden Room AB

    Law School for Digital Journalists

    A full day of practical training, taught by leading experts on digital media law.

  • Thursday, 4:30 pm
    Bayview A

    Entrepreneurial Pop-Ups

    Have a challenge? Work with our presenters for one-on-one consults in which they lend their expertise to help you solve your biggest struggle.

  • Thursday, 3:45 pm
    Bayview A

    The Rise of University News Startups

    J-Schools are launching news sites as outlets to teach students both reporting and entrepreneurship skills. Hear about several models that are working.

  • Thursday, 3:00 pm
    Bayview A

    Collaboration vs. Competition

    When should a news start-up partner with a mainstream news outlet? A look at collaboration models, do’s and don’ts and guerrilla marketing.

  • Thursday, 2:00 pm
    Bayview A

    Engaging Audiences

    Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. A discussion of the four strata of engagement and successful engagement strategies.

  • Thursday, 1:15 pm
    Bayview A

    The Art of the Close

    Journalists are great at producing content and covering stories. Ask them to sell an ad, though, and generally they can’t close the deal.