Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Future of Journalism
Inspired by the acclaimed documentary film that debuted at Sundance, leading journalists consider the future of news media amidst a maelstrom of digital change
The news media is in the middle of a revolution. Old certainties have been shoved aside by new entities such as WikiLeaks and Gawker, Politico and the Huffington Post. But where, in all this digital innovation, is the future of great journalism? Is there a difference between an opinion column and a blog, a reporter and a social networker? Who curates the news, or should it be streamed unimpeded by editorial influence?
Expanding on Andrew Rossi’s “riveting” film (Slate), David Folkenflik has convened some of the smartest media savants to talk about the present and the future of news. Behind all the debate is the presence of the New York Times, and the inside story of its attempt to navigate the new world, embracing the immediacy of the web without straying from a commitment to accurate reporting and analysis that provides the paper with its own definition of what it is there to showcase: all the news that’s fit to print.
- David Carr of The New York Times on what it’s like to cover the shifting sands of the media industry from the newsroom of one of the nation’s leading news organizations— and why the nation needs the Times more than ever.
- Peter Osnos, a former editor and foreign correspondent at the Washington Post and founder and editor at large of PublicAffairs, on the surprising vitality of public radio— even as it comes under attack on Capitol Hill.
- Scott Shane of The New York Times on WikiLeaks—what handling this deluge of raw information from a completely new kind of source looked like from the inside of the nation’s most prestigious newspaper
- Kelly McBride of Poynter on the larger lessons of WikiLeaks and how the new digital age influences the relationships between news and raw information, source, subject, and peer.
- Jenny 8. Lee, author, formerly of The New York Times, on being a front line innovator at the Times, one of its very first bloggers and advocates of social media
- James Bankoff, founder of SB Nation and former AOL executive, on how the Huffington Post‘s quest for buzz, credibility, and page clicks helped it go from zero to $315 million in a few short years while traditional print and TV news outlets lost much of their value.
- Alberto Ibarguen of the Knight Foundation on the role of philanthropy in spurring innovation in newsrooms old & new.
- Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune on collaboration across newsrooms of former competitors.
- Matt Thompson of NPR’s Project Argo on how the linked digital climate provides news contextualized in a radically different way.
- mily Bell & Gordon Crovitz in a discussion about who should—and will—pay for journalism.
David Folkenflik is NPR’s award-winning media correspondent based in New York City. His stories are broadcast on NPR’s newsmagazines and shows, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition , and Talk of the Nation. Before joining NPR in 2004, Folkenflik spent more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun, where he covered higher education, Congress, and the media. He started his career at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun. In 1991, Folkenflik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun. He has served as a media analyst on CNN’s Reliable Sources, ABC News’ Nightline, Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Folkenflik grew up in Laguna Beach, CA.