Friday, March 31, 2006

Edupodder Podcast: Who needs ink?

Who needs ink forum?

The Future of Newspapers
On March 30th 2006 the Commonwealth Club in San Jose put on a forum entitled Who Needs Ink? The Future of Newspapers. This was a timely forum given the recent sale of the Knight Ridder newspaper chain, which includes the Mercury News to McClatchy. Many employees of the Mercury News were in the audience. Students were admitted free.

Jim Bettinger, Director of the Knight Fellowships Program, was the moderator. Speakers at the forum were Peter P. Appert, Publishing/Information Services Analyst, Goldman, Sachs; Jerry Ceppos, Former Vice President, Knight Ridder; Dan Gillmor, Director, Center For Citizen Media; Joan Walsh, Editor-In-Chief of Salon, After the forum I asked them some questions directed at Journalism education. Finally Zach Davis, an eighteen year old high school journalism student, offered his perspective. Link to podcast on button below:

Podcast Here

For great in-depth coverage
Ryan Sholin has a great post [Link] and several subsequent posts on his blog [Link]. Ryan did a fantastic job covering this event.

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At 3:58 PM, A.Venegas said...

I found your interview with Ms. Walsh especially interesting, with regards to her comments about journalists not needing to think about business models. A great many of my professors in the journalism department seem quite gloomy when predicting future career opportunities for journalists in today's markets.

Simply put, the world has never experienced convergence as we are now, and it is interesting that someone at this revolution's forefront would disregard ponderance about the implications of the largest structures ever built (the corporation) on the way we get the news and operate.

An excellent podcast.


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