Columbia Journalism School

Hearst Digital Media Lecture

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has generously underwritten two major new media initiatives at the Journalism School: the Hearst-Columbia Journalism Dialogues and the Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence.

Hearst-Columbia Journalism Dialogues: The Journalism School examines the changing media industry with an emphasis on digital media and online journalism. The panels offer a real conversation among participants and no Powerpoint in sight. 

Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence: The Resident is appointed each calendar year to participate in the educational activities of the school. The Hearst Professional participates in classes and programs, critiques student work, and delivers a lecture in April.


2015 Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence:
Meredith Artley, CNN Digital

Meredith Artley is the Editor in Chief of CNN Digital, where she oversees the editorial initiatives for, CNN Mobile and the CNN Wire. In her role Meredith leads a global team of 130 talented reporters, producers and editors to fuel one of the world’s top online destinations for news, views and video.  Under her leadership CNN Digital hosts some 70 million monthly visitors and  has remained number one in mobile news and the most-followed news organization on social media.  She joined CNN in 2009 and is based in Atlanta.

Before joining CNN, Artley was a managing editor for The Los Angeles Times and the executive editor of Prior to that, she was based in Paris as the editor and digital development director for the International Herald Tribune.

Meredith began her career at The New York Times, where she pioneered web journalism in the early days, starting as a web producer and eventually managing the editorial team of as associate editor. She was a part of the Pulitzer prize winning team for the NYT's “Race in America” series in 2000.

Artley is vice president of the board for the Online News Association and serves on the advisory council for the communications department at the College of Charleston.

Meredith graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in broadcast journalism and also attended Appalachian State University.

She is married to a wonderful and handsome ex-journalist, Naka Nathaniel. The two of them created a rambunctious 4 year old son.

Upcoming Event: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“What Happens When Television and the Internet Collide”
The explosion of screens and devices, the rise of new platforms, innovations in tools and technology, and the growth of digital audiences around the world have spurred new opportunities for creative storytelling and collaboration in news organizations small and large. The old barriers between “digital” and “traditional” journalism are crumbling faster than ever. Meredith will share some examples of successes and lessons learned at CNN and beyond. #CJSHearst

6PM, Lecture Hall

RSVP is required for all parties beyond Journalism students. To RSVP, email A reception will follow. 

Past Event: Thursday, April 24, 2015

The Future of Global Coverage and Audience Engagement: As part of the 2015 Alumni Weekend, Hearst Professional-in-Residence and Editor-in-Chief of Quartz, Kevin Delaney in conversation with Lydia Polgreen J'00, The New York Times Deputy International Editor discussing the future of global coverage and audience engagement. Reception to follow.

Past Event: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
As part of the 2014 All-Class Lecture Series, Kevin Delaney will give his first lecture as the Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence at the Journalism School.

Kevin Delaney

Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.

Past Event: January 22, 2014
Watch last year's lecturer, Mario Garcia (@DrMarioRGarcia), the leader of García Media, talk about embracing and promoting change at veteran news organizations and the importance of design in today's digital world. 

Read/hear some of the previous Hearst Digital Media Lectures and learn more about the Hearst programs at Columbia:

Our thanks to the Hearst Foundation for its generous support of new media education at the Columbia Journalism School

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