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Journalism innovators share stories of ‘Digital Transformation’


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Friday, March 28 at Northern Kentucky University

The innovators of journalism are coming to Northern Kentucky University Friday, March 28.

Video producers, web designers, data journalists, investigative reporters and new media entrepreneurs will share their stories and strategies as part of “Digital Transformations in News,” a free five-session program in Griffin Hall.

The program is open to students, faculty and staff. Come to one session or spend the day learning about the efforts to transform journalism today.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — Griffin Hall 240 – Digital Strategies at the Associated Press — Adam Yeomans, Associated Press bureau chief for Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, shares insights into interactive and multimedia strategies at the news bureau.

10:45-11:45 a.m. —Griffin Hall 240 – How to tell stories with data and visuals– Sandhya Kambhampati, national interactive producer for E.W. Scripps, and Dylan Lovan a multimedia reporter covering religion, coal and the environment for the AP, will share best practices in data and video.

Noon-1:15 p.m. — Griffin Hall 230 – Exit 34: A case study in multimedia journalism: The WCPO Digital team that created the multimedia narrative “Exit 34: The Last Watch of Jason Ellis” will take you inside the collaborate journalism process. Brian Niesz, multimedia producer; Jessica Noll, Northern Kentucky reporter; and Chris Graves, managing editor, WCPO Digital. Lunch provided by The Society of Professional Journalists.

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Griffin Hall 230 — Breaking the news mold with digital-only — Meet the editors behind three digital-only publications. Michael Monks, editor of The River City News; Judy and Gene Clabes, editors of Kentucky Forward; and Sarah Whitman, managing editor of SoapBox Media.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. — Griffin Hall 230 — Student Media Perspective on Digital — Campus news editors lead a discussion on challenges, strategies and goals facing student journalists in a digital world.  Those interested in all aspects of digital journalism – from web design and social media to video production and data visualization – are invited to join the dialogue. Discussion led by Kevin Schultz, editor of The Northerner at NKU; Stephen Wilder, managing editor of The Northerner; Joanna Williams, editor of The College Heights Herald at Western Kentucky University and Cameron Love, digital editor of The Herald.


For more information:
Contact Michele Day —859-572-1921

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About the Speakers


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Adam Yeomans – Associated Press

Adam Yeomans is the Associated Press bureau chief for Tennessee, Kentucky and
Mississippi and responsible for sales and marketing in those states. Before coming to
Nashville in 2005, he was the assistant bureau chief in AP’s Miami bureau from 1998 to
2004, and news editor for Florida from 1996 to 1997. He joined the AP in Tallahassee,
Fla., in 1993 as a reporter after working for The Orlando Sentinel, where he covered
tourism and economic development.

At AP, he helped supervise coverage of the Elian Gonzalez custody fight and helped
oversee the AP vote tabulation system that was crucial to reporting the outcome of the
2000 Florida presidential balloting. He led coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorists’
connection to Florida, the slaying of Gianni Versace, Florida’s $13 billion settlement with
the tobacco industry and other major news events. In Tennessee, he helped coordinate
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Sandhya Kambhampati – E.W. Scripps

Sandhya Kambhampati is a national digital content producer(data/interactives) for the E.W. Scripps National Desk, which provides content to more than 30 TV stations and newspapers around the country. Sandhya specializes in data visualization and computer-assisted reporting. She recently graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Twitter: @sandhya__k


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Dylan Lovan – Associated Press

Dylan Lovan, print/video reporter for The Associated Press in Louisville, joined the Associated Press in 2000 after working at newspapers in Tennessee and Indiana. He covers the coal and other energy industries, along with religion and major breaking news stories in Kentucky. In 2008, he expanded into multimedia and visuals, and in 2011 began producing and editing news video packages for AP Television and Online Video. [/ezcol_3quarter_end]


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Chris Graves – WCPO Digital

Chris Graves, the managing editor/digital at WCPO, is a seasoned journalist with more than 25 years of experience primarily in print and digital properties. She has been a reporter, assistant city editor and deputy managing editor at various newspapers including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Enquirer.  Graves left newspapers in 2011 to pursue a short stint in public relations.

She joined Scripps in 2013 to work with a growing team building a first-of-its kind digital initiative at WCPO. She leads a powerhouse team of local journalists who tell stories of impact and importance in our region.  The reporters are part of a much larger digital team that includes a community team, web editors, digital sales executives and digital operations at the station.

You can find her at:

  • @chrisgraves


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Jessica Noll – WCPO Digital

Jessica Noll, web producer/reporter/photographer and multimedia
journalist, for WCPO Digital, has worked for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, websites
and public relations organizations. “I write, photograph and shoot video — whatever it
takes to tell the story,” she says. She spent more than 100 hours interviewing law
enforcement authorities, friends and family members of Bardstown Police Officer Jason
Ellis for the narrative multimedia story, “Exit 34: The Last Watch of Jason Ellis.”

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Brian Niesz – WCPO Digital

Brian Niesz is a multimedia producer for WCPO Digital.  He began his media career in the music industry, recording albums and mixing music in such venues as Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.  Formerly the Director of Media Production for the online radio station WOXY.COM, Brian has worked with hundreds of independent rock artists.
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Michael Monks – The River City News

Michael Monks, editor and publisher of The River City News online publication, is a
new media entrepreneur, passionate fan of Covington, Kentucky and urban living on the
southside of the Ohio River. Monks graduated from NKU in 2002 with a degree in radio
and television. He later worked as a TV news producer for WXIX-TV in Cincinnati and as
a radio news reporter and anchor for 700 WLW.
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Judy Clabes – Kentucky Forward

Judith G. Clabes, Editor and Publisher of
During 37 years with the E.W. Scripps Company Judy served as Scripps’ first woman
editor, beginning with the Sunday Courier & Press in Evansville and then with The
Kentucky Post. She was named president and CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation in
1996. On retirement from Scripps, she and her family moved to the Bluegrass region
where they have a family horse-farming operation and she founded the Kentucky
Philanthropy Initiative and her own consulting business. She has won numerous
national, regional and state awards in journalism, philanthropy and community service.
She is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the UK Hall of Distinguished
Alumni, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
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Gene Clabes – Kentucky Forward

Lending his expertise in community journalism as a senior advisor to
KyForward’s reporting, editing and marketing staff is Gene Clabes, a UK School
of Journalism graduate, award-winning reporter, and former owner/publisher of
a group of award-winning community weeklies in Northern Kentucky. Gene’s
other consuming interest is horses. A thoroughbred owner, trainer and breeder,
he was equine director for the Kentucky Equine Education Project for five years.

He has also been a college-level teacher of journalism and served as president of
the Kentucky Press Association. A native of Henderson, he started in journalism
in high school as a sports reporter for The Gleaner, was managing editor of The
Kernel as a student at UK, was an award-winning education reporter for The
Evansville Courier and government reporter for The Evansville Press. He was
inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded
the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Kentucky College of
Communications in 2005.
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Sarah Whitman – SoapBox Media

Sarah Whitman is managing editor of, an online news source that tells the narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Soapbox publishes a newsletter every Tuesday featuring all-new content. Sarah also works as a freelance writer and editor; her clients include Edible Ohio Valley, HOW, Military Transition News, and various marketing agencies and corporate clients. Prior to joining Soapbox in 2013, she served as an editor for HOW, a magazine for professional graphic designers, for 16 years. She enjoys visiting Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Zoo and new restaurants, plus keeping up with her two young daughters.

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Kevin Schultz – The Northerner

Kevin Schultz is a senior with a double major in journalism and English at NKU where he has covered everything from administration and student government to the environment and diversity. He is the incoming communications director for NKU’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association’s Honor Society and the university’s Honors Program. He interned at the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement during the summer of 2013. In his free time, Kevin enjoys running, reading, drinking large amounts of coffee and spending time with his dog Roscoe. Follow him on Twitter @KevinEdSchultz.

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Stephen Wilder – The Northerner

Stephen is a senior journalism major with an English minor and is entering his sixth semester with The Northerner. He has held different positions such as staff writer, sports features editor, sports editor, copy desk chief and managing editor. He is also the vice president of NKU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was the president of NKU’s Sports Business Club before passing the torch after the fall 2013 semester. After he graduates, he plans to work in sports media, either in Cincinnati or Kentucky. He is also interested in working in the sports business field or as a copy editor for a news organization.

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Joanna Williams – The College Heights Herald

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Cameron Love – The College Heights Herald


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