FTC’s “Journalism & Internet Age” Workshop To Feature Murdoch & Huffington

Earlier the year, the FTC announced it would be holding a two day workshop in Washington DC on Dec. 1 & 2 called “How Will Journalism Survive The Internet Age” to explore issues such as fair use, aggregator impact on journalism and related issues. The agenda has now been posted, with remarks from heavy-hitter speakers such as Rupert Murdoch, Arianna Huffington and White House CTO Aneesh Chopraspeakers, along with Josh Cohen of Google and Lem Lloyd of Yahoo. A number of panels will be held, and I’m taking part in one, “Emerging Business Models for Journalism.”

NOTE: See Live Blogging The FTC Workshop On Journalism & The Internet for coverage from the event.

The agenda is in PDF form here. For those who dislike PDF, I’ve reprinted the agenda in HTML format below. There are limited seats for those who wish to attend live, and the entire thing will also be webcast live with more info to be posted the days it happens on the workshop’s home page.

The agenda:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

9:00 am – Welcome  – Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

9:15 am  – Remarks  – Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief, President and CEO, ProPublica & Former Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

9:30 am  – Remarks – Rick Edmonds, Media Business Analyst, The Poynter Institute & Co-author, The State of the News Media 2009

9:45 am  – Remarks  – Rupert Murdoch  - Chairman and CEO, News Corp.

10:05 am – Panel – The State of Journalism Today and Tomorrow

  • Mark Contreras, Chairman of the Executive Committee, The Newspaper Association of America & Senior Vice President/Newspapers, E.W. Scripps Co.
  • Martin Kaiser, President, American Society of News Editor & Editor and Senior Vice President Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Jonathan Knee, Director, Media Program, Columbia Business School & Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners
  • Nina Link, President and CEO & Magazine Publishers of America
  • Bryan Monroe, Visiting Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University &  Former Vice President and Editorial Director, Ebony and Jet
  • Robert Picard, Hamrin Professor of Media Economics and Director of the Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jonkoping University, Sweden
  • Tonda Rush, Of Counsel, King & Ballow, On Behalf of National Newspaper Association
  • David Westphal, Executive in Residence, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California & Former Washington Editor, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Fred Young, Retired Senior Vice President of News Hearst Television Inc.

11:35 am  – Remarks  – Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post

12:00 pm – 1:30pm  – Lunch Break

1:30 pm  – Presentation  – Leonard Downie, Vice President at Large and Former Executive Editor, The Washington Post

1:45 pm – Presentation – Lem Lloyd, Vice President, Channel Sales, Yahoo!

2:00 pm – Presentation – Josh Cohen, Senior Business Product Manager, Google

2:15 pm – Panel – Emerging Business Models for Journalism

  • Chris Ahearn, President, Reuters Media, Thomson Reuters
  • Mark Bide,  Rightscom Limited, Project Director, Automated Content Access Protocol
  • Steven Brill, Co-Founder,  Journalism Online, LLC
  • Lauren Rich Fine, Research Director, ContentNext Media
  • Jeff Jarvis, Associate Professor, Director of the Interactive Program, City University of New York, Graduate School of Journalism
  • Srinandan Kasi, Vice President and General Counsel, Associated Press
  • Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land
  • Robert Thomson, Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

3:45 pm  – Presentation – Mike Bloxham, Director of Insight and Research, Center for Media Design, Ball State University

4:00 pm  – Presentation – Susan Athey, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

4:15 pm  – Presentation  – David Evans, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Laws University College London & Vice Chairman of LECG Europe

4:30pm  – Panel – Online Advertising and Consumer Demand Trends

  • Barbara Bacci Mirque, Executive Vice President, Communications and Best Practices, Association of National Advertisers
  • Mike Bloxham, Director of Insight and Research, Center for Media Design, Ball State University
  • Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
  • Pam Horan, President, Online Publishers Association
  • Joe Laszlo, Director of Research, Interactive Advertising Bureau
  • John Meyer, Director of Digital Media, WTOP and Federal News Radio

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

9:00 am – Welcome  – Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

9:15 am – Presentation – James Hamilton, Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy Professor of Political Science and Economics & Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Sanford School of  Public Policy, Duke University

9:30 am – Presentation – Matthew Gentzkow, Professor of Economics, Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

9:45 am  - Presentation – Karen Dunlap, President and CEO, The Poynter Institute

10:00 am  – Panel – Public and Foundation-Funded Journalism

  • Joaquin Alvarado, Senior Vice President for Diversity and Innovation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Tom Leonard, University Librarian and Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charles Lewis,  Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University School of Communication
  • Mark MacCarthy, Adjunct Professor, Communication, Culture and Technology Program,  Georgetown University
  • Jon McTaggart,  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, American Public Media
  • Eric Newton, Vice President, Journalism Program, Knight Foundation
  • Vivian Schiller, President and CEO,  National Public Radio
  • Josh Silver, Executive Director, Free Press

11:45 am – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00 pm – Panel - Reducing the Costs of Journalism

  • Bill Adair, Editor, PolitiFact, Washington Bureau Chief, St. Petersburg Times
  • Bill Allison, Editorial Director, Sunlight Foundation
  • Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director, The Center for Public Integrity
  • Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for the Office of Science & Technology of the Executive, Office of the President
  • James Hamilton, Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Political Science and Economics Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Alisa Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Radio International
  • Aron Pilhofer, Editor, Interactive News Technologies, The New York Times & Co-Founder, DocumentCloud
  • Eric Umansky, Senior Editor, ProPublica, Co-Founder, DocumentCloud

2:30 pm  – Presentation- Knight Foundation Commission on The Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

  • Reed Hundt, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

2:45 pm  – Panel – Engaging and Informing Consumers in the Internet Age

  • Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Professor and Director of the Communication Technology and Community Program, Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
  • James Gaines, Editor-in-Chief, FLYP Media & Former Editor, Time
  • Jon Miller, Chief Digital Officer, News Corp.
  • Debra Osofsky, National Director, News and Broadcast, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Tom Rosenstiel, Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Pew Research Center
  • Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, PBS Interactive
  • Linda Solomon, Photojournalist, Committee Member, Citizens to Save the Eccentric
  • Kathy Times, President, National Association of Black Journalists

4:00 pm  – Presentation – Lisa George, Assistant Professor of Economics, Hunter College

4:15 pm – Panel – The New News

  • Jim Brady, Allbritton Communications
  • Christopher Callahan,  Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,  Arizona State University
  • Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer
  • Bill Densmore, Vice President, Director, and Co-Founder, CircLabs Inc.
  • Andrew Jay Schwartzman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Media Access Project
  • John Servais, Founder,  NWCitizen.us

5:30 pm  Concluding Remarks


Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for the post, this should be an interesting event, good to see they will be streaming it as well.

    Good luck on the panel, the topic “Emerging Business Models for Journalism” should be a good one.

  2. says

    As an erstwhile reporter and eternal chocolate lover, I’d say participating in this workshop would be even better than getting locked in a candy store overnight … but am still trying to figure out how to rationalize that viewing this webcast fits in with my current life as a b2b SEO’er. *sigh*

    Still glad to know about the event, though. There’s an effort in my town to start an Internet-based newspaper, and I *know* the organizers will be interested in a lot of these topics — thanks for the heads up!

  3. says

    Pay for online news content? Why Rupert Murdoch is a Desperate Man (or will the real news “aggregators” please stand up)
    Rupert Murdoch is no fool and surely realises that the internet is rapidly destroying the traditional journalistic function of newspapers, radio and TV (i.e. to break news stories and tell us what’s going on).
    But his speech to the Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop seemed reluctant to admit it.
    This is what psychiatrists call “cognitive dissonance”. Cognitive dissonance is when you refuse to accept the impact of new information because it’s too overwhelming.
    Murdoch makes a curious distinction between good journalists (his own “expensive and distinguished journalists who invest days, weeks, or even months in their stories”) and evil “aggregators” (an ill defined, shadowy world of online content thieves, “feeding off the hard-earned efforts and investments of others”.
    But it’s an argument born of desperation because no such distinction exists.

    Feel free to check out my blog for more! http://www.centreforjournalism.co.uk/blogs/kersh-media