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The Future of News

Citizen Journalists: What's Their Role? (#104)

New York University professor of journalism Jay Rosen (also the author of blog PressThink) and Clarence Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, join host Frank Sesno for a lively discussion about the role ordinary citizens can play as reporters in the rapidly changing media world. The panel discusses the tools and Web sites available to today's citizen journalists and highlights the evolving standards of online credibility. They also discuss the ways traditional newsrooms are engaging the audience and incorporating user-generated content. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Today, traditional print and broadcast outlets struggle to transform and conform to a drastically changing economic and media landscape. In this new world, where can Americans turn for context, background and sense-making? THE FUTURE OF NEWS provides a "user's guide" to News 2.0. Hosted by famed journalist Frank Sesno (Planet Forward), the series features a lively, informative and civil dialogue between traditional media and new media on a range of topics - from international reporting to the accelerated news cycle. Guests include: NBC News' Ann Curry, ABC News' Sam Donaldson, White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra, investigative reporter Bob Woodward, Tina Brown, founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, and veteran journalist Dan Rather.

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  • Global News (#101)

    Guests Ann Curry of NBC News (Today, Dateline NBC), and Charles Sennott of Global Post, both of whom enjoy distinguished careers in international reporting, join host Frank Sesno to discuss the changing media landscape in the United States and what it means for news. Both of these traditional media reporters have embraced the Web and new media. Sennott's latest venture, a Web-based service dedicated to global news, seeks to provide for the next generation of foreign reporting. He foresees the death of large, "gateway" media companies and the emergence of new digital tools, like the Internet and portable flip cameras, which allow reporters to cover important stories cheaply. Curry continues to work in mainstream media but believes in the promise of the Internet; she contends that traditional media does not serve Americans well in international reporting. Both addressed the issues of news credibility in the digital age. [26 minutes]

  • Political Reporting (#102)

    Two of Washington's most accomplished political reporters, ABC News contributor Sam Donaldson and Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei join host Frank Sesno for a discussion of the Internet's impact on political reporting, and the ways talk radio, partisan Web sites, and cable television programs can drive the news agenda and exaggerate the importance of particular news stories. They recommend Factcheck. org and Politifact.com as two useful Web sites for helping news consumers sort out the truth. [26 minutes]

  • Web 3.0: The Impact of Technology (#103)

    New media experts Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and Mara Schiavocampo of NBC, join host Frank Sesno to discuss the impact of technology on the way news is gathered, shared and consumed in the digital age. [26 minutes]

  • News and the Public Trust (#105)

    Frank Sesno is joined by veteran newscaster Dan Rather and award-winning journalist and author Farai Chideya in a conversation about public trust in the media, and the continued viability of news as a public trust. Rather, anchor and managing editor of "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet, and Chideya, founder of PopandPolitics.com discuss media bias, new business models, the role of citizen journalists, and the increased corporatization of the channels of mainstream news. [26 minutes]

  • Print News: Can It Survive? (#106)

    Host Frank Sesno and guests Tina Brown, founder of the internet news site The Daily Beast, and Ken Paulson, former editor of USA Today discuss whether the Internet is killing print news. Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines, and Paulson, one of the earliest editors to put news online, discuss the death of the advertising model that has supported journalism and whether it will be replaced by paid online content. New media sources of national and local news are shown. [26 minutes]

  • Investigative Journalism: How Will It Survive? (#107)

    As newsrooms around the country downsize, investigative reporting is facing a crisis. Frank Sesno and guests Bob Woodward and Bill Buzenberg take a close look at what investigative reporting means in keeping government and business accountable. Bob Woodward, who helped break the Watergate story, is an author and Assistant Managing Editor of the Washington Post. Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative news organization, thinks new ways to pay for investigative journalism must be found, and quotes Bob Woodward: "Democracies die in darkness". [26 minutes]

  • Digital Democracy: Who Decides What's Next? (#108)

    Host Frank Sesno asks guests Aneesh Chopra and Ellen Miller "Who will control the channels of news and information we have access to?" Chopra is the first Chief Technology Officer for the federal government. Miller is co-founder and director of the Sunlight Foundation, an organization dedicated to using the power of the internet to increase government transparency and civic engagement. Topics include: privacy, net neutrality, and the digital divide. [26 minutes]

  • Non-Stop News: The 24/7 News Cycle (#109)

    Sonya Gavankar, filling in for regular host Frank Sesno, is joined by Chris Matthews, anchor of Hardball on MSNBC, and Jan Schaffer, Executive Director of American University's J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism. Their conversation is on the speed and impact of the 24-hour news cycle. Non-stop news, say Schaffer, with its reliance on argument and the device of "He said/She said' reporting, is not serving democracy, and citizens are increasingly playing a role in their communities to report local news and to fix journalism. Matthews describes the increased partisanship, and popularity, of cable news for viewers who are seeking intelligent and understandable political argument. [26 minutes]

  • What's The Future of TV News? (#110)

    Frank Sesno and guests John King of CNN and Steve Grove of YouTube discuss the impact of the internet on television news. Grove, head of News and Politics at YouTube, the popular video-sharing website, and John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of State of the Union, share their perspectives on the changing media landscape. They describe mainstream media's need for greater engagement with the audience, and the new hybrid models of interactive news that will combine the platforms of both television and the Web. [26 minutes]

  • Who Decides What's News?" (#111)

    Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of "Face the Nation," and Krishna Bharat, a research scientist at Google and the creator of Google News, join Sonya Gavankar to discuss who will decide what's news in the digital age, editors, algorithms or you. [26 minutes]

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