Public Media, or at least the public media funding model, has been cited as the future of the journalism industry. As Public Media continues to face funding challenges, there is an ongoing face-off between digital natives working towards innovation and baby boomers working to stay buoyant during uncertain times. The two groups seem to constantly disagree about what public media should be doing at this moment in time. Are the decisions made by the older generation too safe? Conversely, where are baby boomers' decisions risky but misguided? Legacy staff need to regard their younger colleagues as valuable resources necessary for the survival and success of public media moving forward. What themes of conflict are emerging between the two generations across organizations? This panel identifies the top 10 key challenges contributing to the stagnancy of public media and explores what actions we would take to ensure public media's future if we were in charge.
9th–13th March 2012