Evan Spiegel, Brian Chesky Speaking at Exclusive Gathering for Journalists

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The Snapchat and Airbnb chief executives are speaking at next week's secretive "OTR" gathering in San Francisco, which brings together tech and media.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will be the guests of honor and speakers at this year's "OTR," a small conference that brings together digital journalists and tech leaders hosted by BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, Quartz editor Kevin Delaney and The Information founder Jessica Lessin.

The gathering will be held May 14 and 15 at a hotel in San Francisco. Scheduled guests include editors and executives from mostly New York-based media companies, including Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, New York magazine CEO Pamela Wasserstein, Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown, HuffPost editor Lydia Polgreen and Daily Beast editor Noah Shachtman. 

Last year's big-name speakers were NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who surprised the crowd by putting his off-the-record conversation on-the-record.

"Zuckerberg...told the editors and media executives around the table that Facebook's newfound sense of responsibility meant changing how his company works with theirs," Insider editor Nicholas Carlson wrote last year.

"OTR" started three years ago as a forum for bringing tech and media leaders to help solve the challenges facing digital news.