NYC 16 | Schedule

Keynote speakers


Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m.

#metoo & the media: That’s What She Said — and He Did

Addie Zinone, who played an active role in exposing Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct, is working to change the culture in America’s newsrooms. Lynn Walsh, a renowned investigative journalist, fights to keep the government honest. Come hear these influential champions of transparency open up to former USA Today editor Joanne Lipman, author of THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together.



Joanne Lipman is the author of THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, published by William Morrow (January 30, 2018). A veteran journalist, she has served as Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY. She began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor—the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. Subsequently, she was founding editor-in-chief of Portfolio magazine and, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Lipman has pioneered integrating gender equality into the workplace. She has written on the topic for publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA TODAY and Time.  As one of the most senior women in the media industry, she has actively promoted women in the newsrooms she leads.

Lipman is a frequent speaker about women in the workplace. She has addressed mixed-gender groups at major law firms, banks, professional and civic organizations, on issues such as unconscious bias, women in leadership, and bringing men into the conversation about gender equality.  Recent speaking engagements on women’s issues include the Aspen Ideas Festival, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and Women in Cable Television’s national leadership conference, which she keynoted with Katie Couric.

Lipman is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in media. She and her husband live in New York City and are the parents of two children.


Addie Zinone is a Co-Founder of Press Forward, an initiative that aims to change the culture in America’s newsrooms. Addie began her career at NBC News in New York City where she worked as a production assistant on Today, Weekend Today and NBC News at Sunrise. Addie then became a reporter/anchor at a local CBS news affiliate in West Virginia.

In 2002, Zinone joined the US Army Reserve as a journalism and public affairs soldier, serving 14 years total, including two year-long tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Addie covered combat, humanitarian and civil affairs missions while interviewing coalition troops, top US and world leaders, Iraqis, visiting celebrities and civil servants.

Between her two tours of duty in Iraq, Addie worked at NBC’s Access Hollywood as a field producer and special on-air correspondent, producing segments and covering Hollywood’s biggest events including the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and MTV Movie Awards red carpets.

Addie’s most full-filling job is that of full-time mom. She currently lives in Newport Beach, Ca with her husband Greg and children Hudson and Hartley.


Moderated by Lynn Walsh, Past President, Society of Professional Journalists 

Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Lynn is a digital explorer working to help companies, newsrooms and organizations engage the public with ethical content, no matter the medium or purpose. She is an international speaker and trainer, working to encourage access & transparency, social media engagement, digital innovation and free expression rights for all. She believes strongly in government transparency, holding the powerful accountable and spends more time than she would like fighting for access to public information.

Currently, she is the Project Manager for the Trusting News project, where she works to help rebuild trust between journalists and the public by working with newsrooms to be more transparent about how they do their jobs.

She serves on the National Board for the Society of Professional Journalists and during her term as National President for the organization spoke out against threats to the First Amendment, while working to protect and defend journalists and journalism. She also serves the journalism organization as a member of SPJ’s FOI and Ethics committees. Lynn was also selected to represent SPJ on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee where she works to recommend changes to help improve the FOIA process.


Friday, March 9, 11 a.m.

Video Game Journalism? Oh, it’s real journalism!

“Video game journalism” is just hours spent playing Call of Duty, right? Hardly! Stephen Totilo—a Columbia University journalism grad who rose to become editor-in-chief of one of the largest and the most award-winning video game journalism outlets—will tell you how to break into the business. Hear all about the perks, pitfalls and strategies related to covering this dynamic and growing industry.


Stephen Totilo is a reporter based in Brooklyn, New York. He’s the editor-in-chief for video gaming site Kotaku. With a team of writers located throughout the U.S. and in Japan and Australia, Kotaku currently has about 15 million monthly readers worldwide. The site’s breaking news, investigative features and critical reviews and essays lead discussion about video games and the culture around them.

Prior to joining Kotaku, Totilo worked for four years as MTV News’ first full-time video game reporter. He is also a former video game critic for The New York Times.

Totilo holds a masters’ degree from Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children and cat.

He considers The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to be the finest video game ever made.




Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m.

Establishing a Unique Voice in Today’s Media Landscape

There are two core problems in political journalism right now: a lack of accessibility and the performance of neutrality. This creates a vacuum of relatable voices, and further alienates the public from the foundation of information that is required for democratic participation. Working in this ever-changing media landscape, how can young journalists develop a unique voice while developing an independent journalistic voice?


Lauren Duca is an award-winning journalist known for her viral piece “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” and for a Fox News appearance opposite Tucker Carlson, during which she either emerged as a feminist hero or had a seizure on national television. It all depends on confirmation bias, really.

After graduating from Fordham University in 2013, Lauren spent two years working as an entertainment reporter for the Huffington Post. Earlier this year, she was named one of AdWeek’s 15 Political Power Players, listed among Brooklyn Magazine’s 100 Culture Influencers, and honored with an Engendering Progress Award. In May, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Tomorrow Is Now Award and delivered the commencement speech at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. You can read profiles of her in The New York TimesBust, and Good magazine, or just this weird listicle on something called Heavy.

In addition to working on her Thigh-High Politics column at Teen Vogue, and making regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and various podcasts, Lauren’s work can be found in/on The New Inquiry, Vice, Complex, New York magazine, Pacific Standard, The Nation, and The New Yorker, among other places, such as a weird scrapbook her parents have been maintaining since she was in kindergarten.