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Rebele Symposia

Rowland and Pat Rebele generously support the Dept. of Communication, providing funds for the Symposia and the Rebele Internship Program.

Rebele Symposium 2024:
Polarization and the Press: How to Reach Americans Who Don't Trust the Media

As the 2024 election cycle gets underway, Democrats and Republicans are farther apart ideologically than at any time in the past half century and distrust of the press continues to grow. How do editors produce news that people across the political spectrum will trust? What kind of community outreach is being done? What changes are newsroom leaders making – or need to be made -- to restore respect for credible, fact-based news in this critical moment?

Our Panelists:

Leroy Chapman Jr. is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Editor-in-Chief. Previously, he was managing editor where he was in charge of reporting teams that cover state, local and federal government; politics; education; public safety; local, state and federal courts; transportation; immigration and breaking news. He has worked at the AJC since 2011.

Lee Ann Colacioppo is the editor of The Denver Post, a position she has held since 2016. She joined the editorial board in 2018 and in that role is a voting member of the board and frequently edits Denver Post editorials. Her first job at The Post was in 1999 as an assistant city editor, and since then she has held several editing positions, including city editor, investigations editor and news director. She previously worked at The Des Moines Register, Greenville (S.C.) News and Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News. She is a Denver native.

Julie Makinen is editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Standard. Julie has more than two decades of experience as a writer, editor and foreign correspondent for publications including the L.A. Times, Washington Post and International New York Times. She served as executive editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs and California editor for the USA Today Network. She was a JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a staff member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. 

Our moderator is Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer in the Department of Communication.

Rebele Symposium 2023:
Covering Tech: Finding the Signal in the Noise

How technology is impacting the way we live is a paramount story of our time. This year’s Rebele Symposium, which took place February 7, 2023, explored how some of the nation’s top tech journalists determine and tell the crucial Silicon Valley stories amid increased scrutiny of how innovations (and their innovators) impact our world for better and for worse. Panelists were Lauren Goode, senior writer at Wired, Christina Passariello, Technology Editor, Washington Post, and Zoe Schiffer, managing editor, Platformer. Janine Zacharia, the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer in the Department of Communication, moderated.

Rebele Symposium 2022: 
The Facebook Files

The world's largest social network employs a team of researchers to study the consequences of its decisions, but much of that knowledge was kept secret -- until the Wall Street Journal obtained a trove of company documents which have become known as "The Facebook Files."

Panelists: Georgia Wells of the Wall Street Journal, Will Oremus of the Washington Post, and Communication Professor Jeff Hancock. Moderated by Stanford Lecturer R.B. Brenner, a former Washington Post editor.

White House
Rebele Symposium: Meet the Press

The 2020 Rebele Symposium – held the day after Super Tuesday – focuses on swing-state coverage of the presidential election and features reporters from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida. Watch the video.

journalism we need
Rebele Symposium: The Journalism We Need

What kind of journalism do we need, and what are the ramifications of journalism not fulfilling this need? Eight scholars from six countries came together to discuss this question by addressing the intensifying connections between journalism, justice, and digital technologies.

making media
Rebele Symposium: Making Media Work

Making Media Work: Music, Books and Journalism in the Digital Age

Nancy Baym, Rasmus Nielson, Christine Larson. Moderator: James Hamilton

Apr 20, 2017

data driven democracy
Rebele Symposium: Data-Driven Democracy

Data-Driven Democracy: Technology, Data and the 2016 Election

Dan Kreiss, Jesse Baldwin-Philippi, Carol Davidsen. Moderator: James Hamilton

Mar 31, 2016

shaping your speech
Rebele Symposium: Shaping Your Speech

Shaping Your Speech: Media Reform, Past and Present

Mignon Clyburn, Victor Pickard & Morgan Weiland. Ted Glasser and Christine Larson moderate.

April 1, 2015

Rebele Symposium: Media Work

Media Work: News, Networks and Power in the Digital Economy

Gina Neff, C. W. Anderson and Christine Larson and James T. Hamilton

April 10, 2014

more voices more choices
Rebele Symposium: More Voices, More Choices?

More Voices, More Choices?: Inclusion and Influence in the Post-Mass Media World

Catherine Squires, Katie Orenstein and Ivan Sigal

April 17, 2013