Are the News Media Serving the Public Interest?


Are the News Media Serving the Public Interest?

We arguably live in a golden age for news media. Technology has enabled unprecedented access to information. Americans are consuming more news than ever from myriad sources. And as the recent uprisings in the Middle East have dramatized so powerfully, social media have not only opened new channels and driven increased consumption, they’ve enabled consumers to become creators, citizens to become journalists.

And yet, amid this great democratic flowering of news and access, there are lingering and disturbing doubts about the vitality of the fourth estate. In today’s competitive digital media environment, are the news media fulfilling their obligation to be responsible mediators of information and public discourse?

On Friday, March 4, 2011 The Paley Center's Media Council convened prominent journalists from print, broadcast, and digital media; news executives; public officials; journalism entrepreneurs; and media experts to explore this issue in a constructive dialogue. Watch the stream from the event above and join the conversation by submitting a chat message or tweeting with hashtag #paleydialogue.


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Read what viewers of the live stream said and continue the dialogue. 





Floyd Abrams, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Rafat Ali
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John Avlon, Senior Political Columnist, The Daily Beast; Contributor, CNN; author, Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America
Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Vice Chairman/Chief Strategy Officer, Burson-Marsteller
Merrill Brown, founder and principal of MMB Media LLC
Brooke Gladstone, Host and Managing Editor, On The Media, WNYC
Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News
Andrew Heyward (moderator), Monitor Group/MarketspaceNext; former president, CBS News
John Hockenberry, Host, The Takeaway, WNYC
Jeff Jarvis, Director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY; publisher,
Susan King, Carnegie Corporation of NY
David Kirkpatrick, author, The Facebook Effect; contributor, The Daily Beast
Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher, Talking Points Memo
Peter Osnos, Vice Chair, Columbia Journalism Review; Founder, PublicAffairs Books
Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
J. Max Robins, Vice President, The Paley Center for Media
Ben Smith, reporter/blogger, Politico
Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs, professor of digital media, Columbia Journalism School
Greta Van Susteren, Host, On The Record, Fox News Channel
Alexandra Wallace, Senior Vice President, NBC News