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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Evolving Role of Media in the Modern Age

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Session Description

Traditional journalism has undergone a transformation over the last decade, with many landmark media companies closing their doors or reinventing themselves to match the changing times. Meanwhile social challenges and entrepreneurial solutions continue to proliferate, with unclear leadership from a media industry in flux. Engage with executives and leading voices from established news sources about the opportunities and challenges they face, how their models have adapted or will adapt, and where social and environmental issues fit.

When | Where

10:00 - 11:15 Thursday, April 10 SBS, Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre

Session leaders

  • Alberto Ibarguen Moderator
    President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    Alberto is president of Knight Foundation which promotes informed and engaged communities by funding quality journalism and media innovation, community engagement and the arts. Alberto is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a newspaper executive in Hartford and New York City before serving as publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He is a member of the boards of PepsiCo, American Airlines, AOL and is a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory Committee. He is a former board chair of the World Wide Web Foundation and of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the original Advisory Committee of the PCAOB.
  • Parisa Khosravi Speaker
    Senior Vice President, CNN
    Parisa Khosravi is Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide, in charge of Global Relations. As the first ever CNN ambassador, she is responsible for leading CNN's key international editorial relationships, coverage and securing access for CNN journalists around the world. She also manages International Newsource, the network’s international affiliate operation with more than 200 CNN affiliates worldwide, and the CNN Journalism Fellowship programs. In addition, Khosravi oversees The CNN Freedom Project, the award-winning, multi-platform initiative that aims to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery and push for change, as well as numerous other CNN global initiatives such as girls’ education. A part of CNN for almost three decades, Khosravi previously served as CNN’s senior vice president of international newsgathering with editorial, operational and administrative oversight of CNN’s international bureaus and CNN’s International Desk, which oversees the network’s global coverage.
  • Madhulika Sikka Speaker
    , Independent
    Madhulika Sikka is former Executive Editor for NPR News, overseeing all desks and reporters, and helping set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously, Sikka was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition, public radio's most-listened-to program. Under her leadership, Morning Edition traveled across the globe and the country reporting on the defining issues of our time. Sikka, an award-winning news producer, joined NPR in 2006 from ABC News where she was a Senior Producer at Nightline. She has also worked for NBC News in London and CBS News in Tokyo. She has a BA from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and a MPhil from Cambridge University in Economic & Political Development. She is the author of A Breast Cancer Alphabet (Crown Feb 2014)
  • Marco Werman Speaker
    Host and Executive Editor, Public Radio International
    Marco Werman is host and Executive Editor of the Public Radio International-WGBH-BBC daily co-production "The World." He’s won an Emmy award for a 2006 documentary on Libya.
  • Osama Saeed Speaker
    Head of Media & PR, Al Jazeera America
    Osama Saeed is a communicator and public relations professional. Currently he is Head of Media & PR at Al Jazeera Media Network. With his team, he organises high-impact campaigns across the world. These have been the most successful in the network's history, and in the last few years have supported Al Jazeera's global growth in diverse territories across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. He also deals with the various crises that inevitably affect renowned organisations like Al Jazeera, such as the capture of journalists.