Get ready for the 2012 International Symposium on Online Journalism

One of my favourite conferences takes place this week at Austin, Texas, the International Symposium on Online Journalism.

It stands out by bringing together practitioners and academics, mixing experiences from the newsroom with research from universities. It also has an international outlook, with journalists and academics from Brazil, Finland, Spain, Australia and New Zealand to name a few.

Among the keynote speakers is Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google, and there are sessions on portable devices, social media, entrepreneurship, and database reporting.

Alongside, some twenty-two academic papers were accepted after a rigourous peer-review process, including one I co-authored on Andy Carvin’s use of Twitter during the Arab Spring. I’ll be posting more about our Carvin paper in the coming days.

Research topics range from entrepreneurial news ventures to tablets to social media. The papers will be posted to the website on Friday 20 April.

The conference is now in its 13th year and takes place on April 20-21, 2012 in the auditorium at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

For those who can’t make it to Austin, the conference will be live-streamed from Friday, when the link will be posted to the ISOJ’s website.

There is also likely to be a lively backchannel on Twitter using the hashtag #ISOJ. Every year, the symposium sparks more than 4,000 tweets, adding a layer of discussion and context to the talk in Austin.