How are newsrooms adjusting to the changing digital news environment? How do they balance transparency and objectivity? How are news consumers responding to information published in new ways? What behaviors and skills are news consumers developing to help them negotiate and evaluate the validity and trustworthiness of the news? What mores and values are emerging from news producers and consumers?
The way we find and read the news continues to change. Just as the web disrupted print media in the last decade, now social networks, news aggregators (like Digg), and innovations from startups are once again disrupting how online news is consumed. An order of magnitude more content is produced today than in years past and rapid innovation continues to change the way that news is found and read. What are some of the driving forces behind how news is created, discovered and consumed? How is the social graph and the interest graph changing the way we find and read the news? How will a culture of citizen journalism affect what we read and who we trust? In this session, we explore these issues through the lens of content creators, aggregators, advertisers and venture capitalists, and offer a perspective on how the news landscape will dramatically change in the next five years.
Newspaper and magazine publishers tout applications for smart phones and tablets like the iPad as innovative revenue streams that will save their journalism by providing a new, more interactive kind of news experience integrated with emerging mobile technologies. Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations for The New York Times Company, called its news app "the best of print and the best of digital, all rolled up into one." Others are seeing the opportunity for integrated storytelling. How is this playing out, what are the early indications? Can publications replace losses from print subscriptions with application sales? Journalism organizations have tried diverse approaches. The Associated Press and BBC offer their app for free with an interface similar to the Web, and then embed advertising. Time and Wired offer a magazine experience that includes ads, but also comes with a per-issue price. Others are offering subscriptions along with the app. In this session, a group of experts will discuss the current state of news apps, emerging trends, and the future of professional news delivery.
11th–15th March 2011