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So What Should I Ask These Guys?

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 11, 2008

Tomorrow I am moderating a panel discussion for Digital Hollywood’s News York Media Summit. It’s titled “The Changing Face of News: The Power, The Influence and the Challenge of the Technologies.” On the panel: CNN President Jon Klein, Atlanta Journal Constitution editor Julia Wallace, former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines, ABC News President David Westin and USA Today Executive Editor Kinsey Wilson.

A more detailed panel description is after the jump. I know, I know, I should have asked this question earlier. But if you were moderating the panel (or were sitting in the audience), what questions would you most want to ask?

Here's how the panel is described in the conference materials:

Every morning, the national conversation is started and disseminated by the editorial voices at the major news organizations across the globe. The tradition of great print and broadcast journalism remains at the core of our democracy – in fact – it could be argued that with the rise of “new media” distribution, more individuals have access to news than ever before. Nevertheless, with the growing power of broadband, mobile, IPTV, social networks, blogs and other non-traditional news sourcing, the role, the path of the future and the general understanding of how to structure a national news gathering and distribution organization is the ongoing question for our industry. The power and voice of news continues, but the role of our great institutions is in flux. In this session, we are pleased to bring together a group of leading voices in the news media industry.

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Reader Comments


March 11, 2008 03:35 PM

Please assess the relative importance or ratings/circulation compared to "the tradition of great print and broadcast journalism"
How do you intend to honor that tradition in the future as your revenues decline and your readership and viewership continue to age?
It's quite obvious what many in the business are doing to attact younger readers and viewers and it has very little to do with the "tradition of great print and broadcast journalism"

oh and here is another one.
Why are the cases involving the whereabouts and murders of young attractive white women so much more interesting to you than the deaths of any other group. (other than during war of course)?


March 11, 2008 03:39 PM

1. How does the worldwide dissemination of news empower people to make good decisions in their life and community and how much instant news serves their prurient interests, base instincts, and contributes to people not actually using this information for anything but entertainment?
2. What is the difference between Blogs and Gossip? How can one institute blogger ethics if story to print takes less than 10 minutes?
3. If the young are willing to blog for free, continually stealing views from professionals, what is the trajectory for keeping local journalists employed or employable?
4. Technology as of late, has been empowering electronic device manufacturers to demand free media to sell more devices. Nowhere is this more obvious than illegal music sharing. These devices will demand free news as well, how does one continue to productize this kind of information in the face of those who wish to commoditize it?

Peter Kreisky

March 11, 2008 04:19 PM

Technology is rapidly enabling user-generated content (UGC) and a number of mapr news events, from the Minneapols Bridge collapse to Saddam's hanging have provided images captured by people on the street that were transmitted around the world. What's your view on
a) the importance of UGC
b) what you are doing about it
c) the impact it has on viewers
d) How it changes your business model
e) What new competition it fosters

How has the internet and technology changed how you think of customers (prompt for new and emerging/declining user segments) and who your competitors are?

Ricky V

March 11, 2008 04:51 PM

What's the role of BRAND for your organization as the media landscape changes? As the distribution model continues to change in the fashion it has, does brand become more or less important?

David Politis

March 12, 2008 01:28 AM

I'm curious to know the following, Jon.

A) From the print media side -- How long do they believe they will continue to actually print/publish on newsprint before becoming exclusively available ONLY in digital format?

B) And from the broadcast side -- What things keep you awake at night (particularly from the competitive standpoint)?

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