I’m packing my bags and heading down to Washington, D.C. for the Federal Trade Commission’s two-day workshop on the future of journalism. There are bound to be some useful insights regarding what's next for U.S. media, and we’ll try to capture it all for you at SaveTheNews.org, on Twitter or on Facebook.
Check back for speakers’ remarks, guest blog posts, video interviews and more.
From news summits to sharing ideas with the Federal Trade Commission, there is a growing national dialogue between citizens, organizations and the government about what can be done to save journalism.
The folks over at The Nation are contributing to the conversation with a new "Future of Journalism" video series. Each week through the end of 2009, The Nation will post a video that showcases an expert suggesting ways that the media system might be fixed, and explaining what he or she believes to be the future of the industry.
If we as a nation don't preserve Network Neutrality at home, we undermine our diplomacy goals and pro-democracy initiatives abroad. So say senior officials at the State Department and the White House, who spoke Thursday at an academic conference organized by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Instead of filing stories, we filed for unemployment. Instead of interviewing politicians, we took classes in How to Interview for a Job. Instead of rushing to cover the next story, we became the story.
New York City is home to more than 3.5 million immigrants, about 1.8 million of whom either have limited or no knowledge of English and whose primary source of information is ethnic and community media in their own languages. This is one of the reasons for the mushrooming growth of this media sector in this part of the country.
I just returned from the Future of News conference in St. Paul, Minn. Although the conference inspired Richard Gingras to cheekily tweet, “The future of news is a future of conferences about the future of news,” there were some interesting threads worth noting.
One presenter who stood out to me was Tom Rosenstiel, from the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism, who proposed eight values he believed were core to the future of news. Some, he noted, were long-held values of legacy media organizations that we should carry over to new models. Others were values rooted in the changing media system and people’s responses to it.