The ICA19 Conference in Washington, DC will, for the first time, make use of a Q&A app for the opening and closing plenaries. In order to allow for the widest range of questions to come from the floor, the “Session Q&A” section will allow for questions to be submitted form the app, which will then be put to the panellists by the moderator. The Session Q&A software will be included in the ICA19 conference app, which will be downloadable shortly from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The closing plenary will be on the theme of ‘The future is bright, the future is… news media beyond its current boundaries’, from 12:30 - 13:45 on Tuesday, 28 May. We are excited to announce that Judy Woodruff, the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, will be joining the panel, along with Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen and Executive Director of First Draft News, Claire Wardle. They will be participating in a discussion with the incoming ICA President Claes de Vreese and former ICA President Barbie Zelizer, chaired by Hilde van den Bulck. Particular thinks go to Barbie Zelizer for her work in securing the plenary speakers.
For those of you staying to the end of the Conference, we are pleased to say that there will for the first time be a #ica19 Closing Toast/Celebration from 16:45 to 17:30 on Tuesday, 28 May. If you're a die-hard ICA fan still standing at the end of the conference, and not already at Reagan or Dulles airports, please join the Executive Committee, Board, and ICA staff in the Heights Courtyard after the final session to toast a successful conference! Champagne, wine, and non-alcoholic summer refreshments will be served. It is a particularly good opportunity to say thank you to the ICA staff who ensure the event’s success.