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Roy Wood Jr: Success in Today’s Media Market 

Roy Wood Jr.

Roy Wood Jr. joined The Best F#@ing News Team in 2015 as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Comedy Central expanded its long-standing relationship with the talented comedian and actor in 2021, collaborating on two podcasts–Roy’s Job Fair and Beyond the Scenes–as well as his third hour-long stand-up special, Imperfect Messenger.

As an Executive Producer, his credits include the PBS documentary The Neutral Ground, an HBO Max project 1% Happy, and an untitled medical field comedy for NBC. Wood will also executive produce, write, and star in an untitled single-camera comedy about the National Guard in works at FOX, with Denis Leary producing it for television. In theatres, Wood will star alongside Jon Hamm in the long-awaited Fletch remake, Confess, Fletch, currently in production.

Wood has entertained millions across stage, television, and radio. Forbes declared he is “One of comedy’s best journalists,” and during his keynote address, he will candidly respond to your questions about achieving success in today’s media market.

This keynote is sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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Chasing the Truth: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

The two reporters from The New York Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for uncovering film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse are here to show younger journalists how to be investigative reporters. They talk about their new book, “Chasing the Truth,” which gives practical tips on how to bring secrets to light and hold the powerful to account. They will be interviewed by a student journalist chosen by the Student Press Law Center, who is co-presenting their appearance.

Keynote Session: How They Grabbed the Niche Gig

Andrew Seaman, Senior Editor for Job Search & Careers at LinkedIn News (left), will lead a panel discussion about how to find and navigate non-traditional media jobs. These are in-demand roles outside mainstream functions like reporters, videographers and editors. Speakers include Jame’ Jackson from LinkedIn and Gianna Palmer from Stitcher. 
This keynote is sponsored by Google.

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