2015 Media Changemaker Prize and Scholarship Competition
Find below video from our 2015 Media Changemaker Prize winner, Matt Thompson, as well as video from our media innovation and journalism matters panels, the list of 2015 Media Changemaker Scholars and Couric Fellows, and the full schedule for the 2015 Media Changemaker Prize and Scholarship Competition.
Media Changemaker Prize Keynote from Matt Thompson
Welcome and Journalism Matters (CCJ National Journalism Advisory Board) Panel
Media Innovation Panel
2015 Media Changemaker Scholars
Two applicants—Noemi Griffith of Decatur, Ga. and Megan Rosinko of Woodstock, Ga.—were selected as the 2015 Media Changemaker Scholars. Each received four-year full-tuition scholarships. In addition, several dozen other applicants from around the country received generous four-year scholarships, resulting in a record entering class for 2015.
John M. Couric Media Fellows
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism hosts a forum on media innovation. CCJ welcomes high school students competing for CCJ's Media Innovation Scholar scholarship, CCJ's National Journalism Advisory Board, leading media innovators from around the country and the public to panel discussions and the awarding of our inaugural Media Changemaker Award.
Lunch will be provided. The event is free to the public, but attendees should register at http://ccjweekend.eventbrite.com. (Invited scholarship applicants and their parents/guardians do not need to register).
The panel will be held in Penfield Hall (off Cruz Plaza across from Tarver Library, #23 on the campus map).
We will livestream the event on this page. Check back on January 31.
- 9:45 a.m.: Welcome and introduction
- 10:00 a.m.: Journalism Matters
CCJ Journalist-in-Residence Adam Ragusea will moderate a panel of CCJ National Journalism Advisory Board members in a conversation on why journalism still matters, why it’s a worthwhile path for those who want to make a difference, and how the fundamentals of journalism apply in the digital age.
- Jennifer Greer, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Journalism, University of Alabama
- Michelle Holmes, Vice President of Content, AL.com
- Doug Mitchell, Consultant/Project Manager, NPR; Adjunct Instructor, Georgetown University
- MaryLynn Ryan, Vice President & Bureau Chief, Southeast Region, CNN/US
- Neil Skene, Consultant and Former Publisher, Congressional Quarterly
- Mark Stencel, Digital Fellow, The Poynter Institute and former Managing Editor, Digital News, National Public Radio
- 11:00 a.m.: Media Innovation Panel
CCJ Director Tim Regan-Porter will moderate a diverse panel of media innovators—from an investor to a seasoned reporter to startup entrepreneurs and technologists—to discuss how media is—and should be—evolving to meet information needs, effect change and provide for viable businesses.
- Jim Brady, founder of Philadelphia-focused mobile news platform Billy Penn and former executive editor of WashingtonPost.com
- Heather Chaplin, director of the Journalism + Design program at The New School in New York City
- Andrew Haeg, founder of Groundsource and entrepreneur-in-residence at CCJ
- Doug Jackson, president of Shared Vision Marketing in Atlanta
- Cynthia Liu, founder of K-12 News Network, whose reporting is credited with helping to force the resignation of former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John E. Deasy
- Adrian Sanders, co-founder of Beacon, a crowdfunding tool for journalism projects
- Matt Thompson, deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com (more below)
- 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
- 12:30 p.m.: Media Changemaker Prize and Keynote
CCJ will present its inaugural Media Changemaker Prize to Matt Thompson. Matt has been director of vertical initiatives at NPR and just started his new job as deputy editor at TheAtlantic.com. His work at NPR was to develop “topic-focused verticals covering race, ethnicity and culture; education; and global health and development.” He started the Code Switch blog at NPR. He serves as the vice-chairman of the board of the Center for Public Integrity. He’s also the co-founder Spark Camp, which convenes diverse groups of leaders from a variety of industries. Matt was an interim online community manager at Knight Foundation, a Reynolds Fellow, a Poynter Naughton Fellow for Online Reporting and Writing, a Poynter advisory board member and deputy web editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He won a Digital Edge Award from the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation.
For scholarship applicants only:
- 8:30 a.m.: Registration on the Mercer Quad
- 9:00 a.m.: Welcome from Mercer Admissions in Willingham Auditorium
- 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Scholarship Interviews and campus tours