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Seeking Questions On How The Big News Brands May Survive (And Maybe Thrive)

Posted by: Jon Fine on March 16, 2009

I’m sitting here getting ready to moderate a panel for Wednesday’s McGraw Hill Media Summit, a panel that looks at the challenges that the big news organizations of the world now face.

Or: let’s just go to the panel description!

Wednesday, March 18
10:45 AM - Noon
The Changing Face of News: The Power, The Influence and the Challenge of the Technologies
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.
Michael Wolff, Columnist, Vanity Fair
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Editor, The Associated Press
Dick Meyer, NPR, Editorial Director, NPR Digital Media
Kevin Yen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, YouTube
Jon Fine, Columnist, BusinessWeek, Moderator

What questions would you ask the panelists?

Reader Comments


March 17, 2009 12:04 PM

"In this session, we are pleased to bring together a group of leading voices in the news media industry."

I originally read this as "In this recession..."

Some questions I wonder about include, "Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ and a few others have been able to make it's in-print magazine a staple of a certain kind of culture do to wedding content and advertising. Can that exist in any other media?"

"With the public failure of Gwyneth Paltrow's blog "Goop" is there hope for high-end blogs or will they, by virtue of the fact that ANYONE can view them, be mocked by Joe Sixpack as out of touch?"

"Did the news media's inability to counter the Bush Administration's Iraq War lead-up and the inability to do investigative reporting on Collateralized Debt Obligations or rather, to communicate the seriousness of the CDO issue lose an entire generation of news consumers? In 2009 were the newspaper's our generation's Nixon?"


March 18, 2009 5:25 PM

I'd love to hear about the highlights of the discussion.

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