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Future Estates: New Models, Communities, and Risks at the Frontier of Journalism - Agenda

Monday, August 8, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Session I. Journalism as Innovator: How Newsrooms are Leading in the Development and Adoption of Essential New Technologies
The internet and other digital technologies have forced the news industry to adapt and change, sometimes extremely successfully, sometimes not. After years of difficult adaptation however, reporters and journalists are embracing innovation by leading experimentation with new technologies. In this first session participants will discuss the field’s implementation of new technology, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence (AI), and over the top platforms, as well as their drawbacks. What does news on demand look like?  What are the benefits and pitfalls of the “botification” of news?

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Session II.  The Human Grid: Mobile Persistence, Reporting and Validation
Seventy percent of the globe now uses a mobile phone. By 2020 there will be 6.1 billion smartphone users, creating a human grid for communication, commerce and community. Younger generations are looking more and more at their small screens for news and information.  What has this done for the news and information market? With so many cameras, videos, and tiny computers in pockets around the world, there is potential to uncover more stories, access more crucial information and reach greater audiences than ever before. How do apps like Snapchat, Facebook Live or Periscope change the way news is reported? How do we fix growing problems of verification? How does the explosion of global smartphones change newsworthy themes, like the evolution of peer-to-peer communication, citizenship and global change?

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             Session III. Keeping up with the Zuckerbergs: The Changing Operations of Journalism in the Age of Networks
Today, individuals consume news articles or videos as they appear in their social networks or inboxes, when they flash on their tablets, or when it is brought up in conversation with friends. “Stagnant newspapers” have become news organizations that need to exist on a multitude of platforms and be ubiquitous in a person’s digital world. What does this fluctuating multi-platform model mean for the future of journalism and how journalistic organizations operate? Does multiplatform news splinter or increase engagement, insight, resource and discussion? What responsibilities do these tech companies and platforms, like Facebook, Apple or Google have to journalism?

Tuesday, August 9, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Session IV. The Changing Nature of Journalism
Digital technologies have brought journalism to the modern age, but have also challenged the very nature and standards of 20th century news. While scoops were always a part of journalism, quick reporting to attain the most page views has led in some cases to decreased accuracy, credibility and accountability. But the loosening of news criteria has also allowed a new hybrid of entertainment and journalism to form. John Oliver is melding comedy with exploratory reporting and advocacy. Netflix has produced a binge-worthy, but pointed docu-drama in Making a Murderer. A more global digital audience and wealth of information has opened up new and forgotten genres of in-depth reporting. Niche, investigative, activist and advocacy journalism have each emerged as dynamic and engaging platforms. How do these different developments impact the field of journalistic ethics? 

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Session V.  Where Did the Money Go (Again)?
Economic Models of Modern Journalism
The strength and efficiency of ad blocking and the arrival of Facebook Instant Articles are challenging current economic models for online news websites. How will future journalism be funded? Are aggregator platforms, like Zinio or Texture, the answer to accessing multiple publications by charging a single fee? What other emerging media, such as podcasting, will enter into the business models of journalistic organizations? What is the role of philanthropy?  Has a resurgence of small local journalism begun? Is there opportunity for more collaboration among different organizations and stakeholders?