4/4 Seminar: Changes in the Media

Changes in the Media and How Newspapers Can Survive in the Current Landscape

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)

Panelists:                                                                                           

Mizell Stewart III, President, American Society of News Editors

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but reservations are required. Please email Melvyn Sacks at MelSacks@verizon.net for reservations and admittance.

The environment of newspapers has substantially changed with digital media, including Facebook and Twitter, which also have news on their platforms. Advertising is at the heart of the viability of newspapers, and advertising has been withdrawing from newsprint at a rapid pace.  Many newspapers still have investigative journalism and world-wide reporting, which can be quite expensive.  They also have editors to ensure that what they print is factual.

Other on-line media may be politically biased, have little concern for factual accuracy, or may even present “fake news.”  While traditional newspapers have been turning increasingly to on-line platforms and charging for on-line content, can they still survive in an atmosphere of strident political divides in the country?  A free press is also a bulwark of democracy and speaking truth to power. But the President has been calling the New York Times and other main-line newspapers an enemy of the American people.

Mr. Mizell Stewart III will delve into these questions, and whether an objective news media can survive in the current atmosphere.