Susie Banikarim, VP of Content Strategy and Audience Engagement at Vocativ
Topic: Stop the Press!
Timeslot: April 29th – 11:00
Session title: Journalism in the Age of Gifs: Disruption in the American Media Market
Session description: The media landscape in the United States has changed dramatically in the last few years. Not long ago, the distant ringing of a death knell could be heard throughout newsrooms as budgets and staffs were slashed. But digital media players have emerged and proliferated, funded by investors and media companies who are optimistic about the future of high-quality content. What inspired this change? How is the market different today than it was before this transformation? What are the issues raised by this disruption? And what can be learned for other markets seeing similar shifts?
Susie was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University last year, where she studied visual storytelling, digital media strategy, online business models and entrepreneurship. Before her selection as a fellow, she helped launch Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show as the show’s editorial producer.
Previously, she served on Tina Brown’s management team at Newsweek Daily Beast as deputy director of editorial. She also created and executive produced Daily Beast TV. Susie began her journalism career at ABC News where she eventually served as a senior producer for World News and was an anchor producer for Diane Sawyer. She has also produced for George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson.
Susie has received the Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting and five Emmy award nominations. She is a cum laude graduate of Barnard College, and has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.