What Has Happened to Journalism?

Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30 PM

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Networking Time: 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: 6:15pm
Location: The new UICA Theater (Google | Bing)

Post Networking: Rockwells
Maps: Google | Bing
Networking: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration: Registration is now closed

People are starting to notice…

…that with the proliferation and velocity of digital communications, coupled with outdated business models, journalism (and journalists) are suffering for it. News organizations have even “ditched” seasoned reporters in favor of hiring very green journalists due to pressure to save money, and a belief that the younger journo’s “get it”.

But are today’s journalists gathering news? Or are they left processing and repackaging what’s already out there? We’re seeing an absence of fact-checking, a rise in “citizen journalism”, and many times; a rush to entertain, generate click throughs counts, and optimize headlines, instead of inform the public.

Featured Panelists

  • SPECIAL GUEST: Tim Mak – is a reporter in Washington, D.C., working as a reporter for POLITICO.

    Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Tim graduated from McGill University as a valedictorian, receiving a Joint Honors Political Science and Geography degree.
    You can find his POLITICO archive here.

    Tim was formerly a reporter with David Frum’s FrumForum.com, a Washington, D.C. contributor to the National Post, and a staff writer for the Canadian Student Review. His reporting and commentary has been referenced or reproduced in the New York Times Opinion Blog, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic’s Daily Dish, Newsweek, The Washington Post, National Review Online, RealClearPolitics, U.S. News and World Report, the Toronto Sun and The Hill. His investigative reporting and commentary has also been referenced on CNN, Fox News and the Sun News Network.

  • Stanton Tang – News and Information Director, WZZM TV-13

    Stanton has been News Director since 2009, and was previously executive producer at WZZM since 2005. He also has worked in various news-management positions at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and news-production positions at KCRA-TV in Sacramento and KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

  • Laurie Cirrivelo – Laurie is Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, where she leads a staff team providing services in public access cable, community radio, and the citizens journalism project in Grand Rapids called “The Rapidian”.

Moderated By

  • Bob Taylor – Bob is Founder of robert james marketing℠ and Social Wave℠, a social media management firm. Bob also blogs, tweets, and posts as “BobOnBusiness” about marketing, media, tech, and business topics. You can connect with Bob on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Post-Networking

Join us after the presentations as we bounce down to Rockwell for networking and continued conversation.

Registration: Registration is now closed

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