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Keynote speakers


Thursday, March 12

Keynote Speaker Change – Sree Sreenivasan

8 Ways to Master Digital Storytelling in 2020

Sree Sreenivasan is honored to return to the  Spring National College Media Convention. He is the inaugural Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook University School of Journalism, named for the legendary editor of Fortune magazine.

In addition, he is a leading consultant, speaker and trainer for nonprofits, corporations, startups and executives.

He has been Chief Digital Officer of major institutions in multiple industries: City of New York (working at City Hall); Columbia University (working on the future of education); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (leading a 70-person team that helped keep the 150-year-old institution relevant in the smartphone age).

Before joining the Met, he spent 20 years as a full-time professor at Columbia Journalism School.

He was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015; the world’s most influential Chief Digital Officer by CDO Club in 2016; and one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media in 2010. He is a contributor to CNBC’s “Squawk Alley,” appearing monthly to talk tech.


Friday, March 13

Covering Crime: A View from the Trenches 

Former prosecutor Beth Karas will take us inside her second career where, as a journalist, she covered criminal trials and stories across the United States. She’ll take us inside some of the biggest crime stories in the past decades from the capital murder cases against Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias to Jerry Sandusky (Penn State assistant football coach convicted of sexual assault), Conrad Murray (the doctor who killed Michael Jackson), Father Gerald Robinson (a Toledo priest who murdered a nun) and more. Beth will also offer her advice for reporters covering courts and crime.

Beth Karas has offered analysis and reporting on high-profile legal stories from courthouses across the country for more than two decades.

Karas distinguishes herself because of her knowledge of the law and procedure drawn from her experience as a trial attorney. She was assistant district attorney in New York City for eight years and remains a licensed attorney.

Karas joined Court TV as an on-air correspondent in 1994. She covered high-profile cases there for 19 years including Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman convicted charged of murdering her ex-boyfriend; Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted of murdering her toddler; Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky, convicted of molesting 11 boys during a 15-year period, and Illinois cop Drew Peterson, convicted of drowning his third wife. She also covered the trials of Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson; Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy when he set up a webcam to watch his roommate’s sexual encounter with another man; O.J. Simpson, convicted of robbery in Nevada after he stole his own memorabilia from two men in a Las Vegas hotel; Scott Peterson, convicted and sentenced to death of killing his wife Laci and their unborn son; Warren Jeffs, leader of the FLDS convicted of sexual assault, and Kobe Bryant, accused of rape in a Colorado hotel.

Karas has appeared as a legal expert on news programs, including Nightline, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN’s AC360, TMZ, Investigation Discovery, and Oxygen. Karas appeared on ABC’s specials, Truth & Lies: The Laci Peterson Murder and A Killing on the Cape. She also appeared on ID’s American Murder Mystery specials about JonBenet Ramsey, Drew Peterson, Casey Anthony, Bill Cosby, Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, and Michael Peterson. She has provided legal analysis and reporting to radio stations across the country, and has written articles published on CNN.com and in Time magazine. She fills in as an anchor at Court TV in Atlanta.

In the fall of 2017, Karas was part of the documentary team under Academy Award nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger that produced a six-part series about the Jessica Chambers murder in 2014 in Mississippi for the Oxygen network.

Karas, who is on the board of the New York Press Club, is host of two new specials for Oxygen network and a podcast produced by Wilshire Studios and NBCUniversal.


More speakers to come!