NYC 16 | Schedule

Keynote speakers


Sunday, March 12, 11:00 a.m.

It’s a Relationship Business

You can learn a lot about interviewing, storytelling and editing without learning much about relationships. But to be successful in a media career, you have to build relationships – inside organizations with managers and peers, outside with sources, contacts and the audience. Mara Schiavocampo has done that in all kind of newsrooms and coverage environments. Now a two-time Emmy Award winning correspondent for ABC News, she has anchored for NBC and MSNBC. She has also worked as an international contributor and commentator for Current TV, Yahoo!, NPR, Ebony magazine, UPTOWN magazine and more. Meanwhile, she has covered disasters like Hurricane Sandy, crimes like the Boston Marathon bombing and running stories like the 2008 presidential election.  She has lived around the world and dived into the world of publishing with her best-selling “THINspired.” Regardless of where you think you may find yourself – and with whom – Mara has advice you can use.


Mara Schiavocampo is an ABC News correspondent and author. At ABC she reports for all platforms, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline. Prior to joining ABC News in February 2014, Mara was a correspondent for NBC News as well as the anchor of “Early Today” on NBC and “First Look” on MSNBC. A two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Mara has covered nearly every major news story of the last decade, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, the Gulf oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the 2008 presidential election. Mara is also a best-selling author. Her book, “THINspired” shares her story of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter. Mara holds dual Italian-American citizenship, has traveled extensively and has lived in  Somalia, Italy and the Philippines. She speaks fluent Italian and functional Spanish and French. Mara received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland. Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.

Monday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.

WINNING THE MEDIA LIFE: Working, Living, Leading (Even When You’re a Millennial!)

Two publishing leaders have a conversation about what it takes now — and what it will take by the time you graduate — to forge a rewarding life in the media business.


Ann Shoket is the author of “The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be.” She was editor-in-chief of Seventeen for seven years and was named to the Forbes magazine list of “Most Powerful US Fashion Magazine Editors.”




Joanne Lipman is chief content officer of Gannett and editor in chief of its USA TODAY NETWORK, which encompasses USA TODAY plus 109 local publications including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Detroit Free Press, Des Moines Register and dozens of others. She was previously deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, where she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal. She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Her upcoming book is based on her viral Wall Street Journal article, “Women at Work: A Guide for Men.”


Tuesday, March 14, 11:00 a.m.

Journalism on the Front Lines of the Trump Administration

When journalists are declared the enemy, what should they do? Rise to the challenge, says John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, commentator and author on American history. Mr. Avlon doesn’t blink at the problems — he wrote a book called “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” But he also has said the coming years will be the best time to be a journalist. He will challenge and inspire you to do the journalism that has been a cornerstone of American democracy under every president. Mr. Avlon’s new book is “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.” He has a unique perspective on this moment in American history and journalism.