Engaging the Next Generation of News Consumers


As traditional business models for news have weakened, the news industry must look to innovators, entrepreneurs, and emerging technologies to help ensure a future for quality, public-interest journalism. But how can the industry ensure that the audience will be there, too?

On October 25, 2011, the Paley Center for Media and the Carnegie Corporation of New York presented “Engaging the Next Generation of News Consumers,” a half-day event that explored the challenge for journalists and news organizations to find and sustain an audience for original news content. The event featured brief presentations of new products and applications from news innovators and entrepreneurs representing both the academic and commercial worlds, and a moderated dialogue among a select audience of senior news executives, educators, thought leaders, and venture capitalists.


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Andrew Heyward, Monitor Group/MarketspaceNext; former president, CBS News


Paresh Dave, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Neon Tommy (USC's Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism) 

Alyssa Katz, Editor, The New York World (Columbia Journalism School) 

Andy Mitchell, Manager, Strategic Media Partnerships, Facebook 

Lauren Offers and John Ward, Aurasma

Evan Ratliff, Cofounder/Editor, The Atavist 

Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing Editor, New York Times

Laura Ruel, Hugh Morton Distinguished Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Executive Producer, News21’s “Powering A Nation”

John Tayman, Founder/CEO, Byliner.com


Dialogue Participants:

Rafat Ali, Founder, paidContent.org and TraveliQ.com 

Sean Branagan, Director, Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Newhouse School, Syracuse University 

Soraya Darabi, Digital Strategist, ABC News 

Betsy Frank, Chief Research & Insights Officer, Time Inc.

Saul Hansell, Big News Editor, AOL Huffington Post Media Group 

Larry Kramer, Founder and Former CEO of CBS Marketwatch.com

Susan King, VP/Program Director, The Carnegie Corporation of New York 

Jennifer 8. Lee, Hacks/Hackers and Plympton 

Betsy Morgan, President, The Blaze 

Dave Morgan, CEO, Simulmedia 

Alan Patricof, Founder and Managing Director, Greycroft Partners 

Howard Schneider, Dean, Stony Brook University Journalism School 

Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer, NBC News 

Stephen Shepard, Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism 

Michael Silberman, General Manager, Online, New York Magazine 



This event is exclusive to Media Council members and invited guests. To RSVP or learn more about Media Council membership, contact Stephanie Kousoulas, mcrsvp@paleycenter.org or 212.621.6732.


Dialogue Sponsor


This Paley Center for Media Dialogue is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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