Stephanie Smith

Social Media Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

@stephist

Stephanie L. Smith
Social Media Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Stephanie isn’t a robot, but she plays one online. As a social media specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she’s one-third of the JPL social media team, which holds conversations with the public and the media about the lab’s 20+ flying space missions via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Ustream and Google+. She explains in plain English what’s new in space science and engineering (and why it matters).

When not tweeting on behalf of @MarsCuriosity or co-hosting NASASocial (née NASATweetup) events, you’ll find her on the trail or high-ropes course as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America. A veteran of the “Let’s Go” travel guides, Idealab and Webby- and Peabody-award winning “Channel One News,” Stephanie is always game for the adventures that make great stories.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and mixes a mean #marstini.

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.