Vice Keynote – Thursday, March 7
VICE has been called “a poster child for new-media success” – by old-media outlets. It keeps growing while legacy media keeps shrinking. Why is that? What’s it like to work there? And most importantly, how do you convince these editors to hire you? Join VICE’s top editors for a discussion, not a speech. Come with questions, because they got answers.
Dory Carr-Harris has worked in journalism for the last eight years starting as a fact checker and freelancer at Toronto Life magazine and Torontoist. She has helped oversee the Webby award-winning site VICE.com for the last 3 years and now manages all the sites under the VICE master brand. She has a Bachelors degree from McGill and a Masters in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark is the senior culture editor at Broadly, VICE’s digital identities vertical. There she heads all entertainment content including television, film, and music coverage. Previously, she worked at ESSENCE as their entertainment editor and has written for Teen Vogue, Racked, Glamour, and Mic. In 2016 she created The Volta, an e-commerce site that sells goods from women of the African diaspora and host events aimed at creating a community within Brooklyn. Her passion is—and has always been—to highlight the stories of Black women in art, fashion, and pop culture.
Rachel Schallom is the managing editor at VICE. She is an award-winning newsroom leader and strategist with a passion for managing teams, developing and refining content strategies and growing audiences. She has previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, Fusion, the Sun Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and the Huntsville Times.
She writes Poynter’s biweekly newsletter, The Cohort, a newsletter tackling the issues facing women in digital leadership. She also curates a newsletter highlighting interesting things happening in digital journalism. She has been an adjunct professor teaching coding for journalism students and has spoken at national and international conferences. She was a member of the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media class and is part of the DigitalWomenLeaders.com initiative to provide free coaching for women in journalism.
She has both her bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, originally hailing from St. Louis. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.
Jason Koebler is the editor-in-chief of Motherboard, which focuses on explaining the human impact of science and technology. At Motherboard, Jason reports on the right to repair movement, Facebook content moderation, tech policy, cybersecurity, and the gatekeepers and power brokers that have led to a corporatized and sanitized internet. He is the producer of Motherboard’s State of Repair documentary series, which follows tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts who are breaking big tech’s repair monopolies and keeping old tech alive. Under Jason’s tenure as editor-in-chief, Motherboard has broken national news stories about AI face-swapping “deepfakes” technology, the anti-diversity memo at Google, the rise of “stalkerware” spyware used by domestic abusers, and Facebook’s internal rules on content moderation. He is the host of the Radio Motherboard podcast and has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, NPR, Science Friday, and WNYC. Prior to Motherboard, Jason worked at US News and World Report and Washingtonian magazine.
Friday, March 8 – Richard Leibner
A no-holds Q&A with one of America’s most successful broadcast journalism talent agents. A pioneer in representation of TV News talent, Leibner has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, The Giants of Broadcasting by the Library of American Broadcasting, and NATAS Gold Circle. He will respond to the questions that are on your mind, and discuss the pitfalls and the upsides of a career in the rapidly changing world of News and Broadcast. Hear stories from a man in the middle of many historic events, i.e. Rather replacing Cronkite, Diane Sawyer leaving CBS for ABC and so much more.
Richard Leibner, Agent and Special Advisor to the UTA Board of Directors
Saturday, March 9 – Felice León | Host, Video Producer; The Root
Felice León is a host and video producer at The Root. There she hosts and co-produces Unpack That, a bi-weekly explainer series exploring an array of topics related to America’s precarious relationship with race.
León’s work often sits at the intersection of womanhood and blackness—she has dedicated her life to giving voice to the voiceless, and does so through multi-media storytelling. Notably, the Queens-native has hosted and produced several viral videos for the site and social: “Yo Soy AfroLatina,” “Natural Hair Movement Keeps Growing,” “The Black History of Memorial Day,” “Why Kaep Takes a Knee,” “Labor Day Black History” and “We Built This” (which is The Root’s most viewed hosted video on Facebook), among others. Her work has also appeared in The Daily Beast, WNYC, ESSENCE and Ebony.
León holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, College Park; a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College; as well a Master of Science from the Columbia Journalism School.