October 16, 2018

The State of Local TV News: Innovation & Investigative Journalism

Oct 16, 2018
2:00 PM ET
New York

Program: 2:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 pm

2:00 pm
Opening: Local TV News Report
Bob Papper, Professor Emeritus, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University
2:30 pm
Lightning Talks: Innovation: The Change Agents
Errol Louis, Host, NY1
Yusuf Omar, Hashtag Our Stories
Anzio Williams, VP News, NBC 10, Telemundo62
Amy Wood, Interactive News Anchor, WSPA, Spartanburg, SC

3:15 pm
Panel: The Future of Investigative TV Journalism
Byron Harmon, VP/News Director, WNYW, FOX 5
Esteban Creste, VP News, Univision 41 Nueva York
Ellen Crooke, VP News, Tegna
Lee Zurik, Chief Investigative Reporter, WVUE-TV, New Orleans, LA
Moderator: Andrew Heyward, Senior Researcher, Knight-Cronkite News Lab at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab

4:15 pm
Fireside Chat: Innovation in the Newsroom
Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations
Michelle Charlesworth, Weekend Morning Anchor, WABC-TV

With this program, the Paley Center and Knight Foundation will convene a community of change agents, doers, and leaders who are innovating in local TV news across broadcast and digital platforms—and across the country—with a view to informing their local communities, while also adhering to rigorous standards of journalistic excellence. The goal of this program is to ask: In an environment where public trust in local TV remains high, can local TV newsrooms—inclusive of broadcast, websites, apps, social channels, streaming—rise to the challenge of producing news and information for their communities, first and foremost? What are the stakes in keeping their communities informed? How do they plan to serve them? How do they balance concern for democracy against often competing commercial considerations?

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