May 8, 2017

The Future of Local News: Trust, Truth, and the Bottom Line

Monday, May 8, 2017
2:00 pm ET
New York

Program: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Facebook LIVE stream begins at approximately 2:05 pm

All journalism, like all politics, is local. But what does it mean for both when the local news business is in retreat? What is the way forward, given the lessons from the 2016 election about the importance of vibrant local reporting? Please join The Paley Center for Media and the Columbia Journalism Review for an in-depth look at the state of local news in America at a time when its future—as a growing, thriving, democratic institution—has never been more critical.

2:00 pm
Welcoming Remarks

2:15 pm
Philip Napoli, Duke University
2:30 pm
On the Record: Local Issues

Stephen Henderson, Editorial & Opinion Editor, Detroit Free Press
Jim Schachter, Vice President, News, WNYC
Kirsten Wolff, News Director, WESH Orlando
Les Zaitz, Editor & Publisher, Malheur Enterprise
Moderator: Jennifer Preston, Vice President, Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


3:15 pm
Assignment: Innovation

Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships, Facebook
Ellen Crooke, Vice President of News, TEGNA
Tom Glaisyer, Program Director, Democracy Fund
Louise Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica Illinois
Mary Walter-Brown, Publisher, Voice of San Diego
Moderator: Corrie MacLaggan, Managing Editor, The Texas Tribune


4:00 pm
Keynote Conversation:
Andrew Lack, Chairman, NBC News & MSNBC
Dennis Moore, Co-editor, Mississippi Today
R.L. Nave, News Editor, Mississippi Today


5:00 pm
Cocktail Reception

Agenda is subject to change.

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