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Friday, April 7, 2017

Media Matters: The Future of News

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Session Description

Many factors are weakening democratic values around the globe, and including profound changes in the media landscape. How do we preserve the basic infrastructure of democracy with a solvent and independent media at risk? We’ll take stock of the forces pushing this erosion, and explore the emerging technologies, business models, and government actions that impact media and journalism. We’ll hear from seasoned journalists, media executives, and commentators about both the threats and the promising innovations they see on the horizon.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Friday, April 7 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Edith Chapin Speaker
    Executive Editor, National Public Radio
    Edith Chapin is the Executive Editor of NPR News. In this role, which she assumed in 2015, Chapin oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously, Chapin was the senior supervising editor of NPR's International Desk. She managed a team of correspondents based outside the United States committed to bringing listeners dynamic stories of the world's people, politics, economy, and culture. Chapin's work has been recognized with the journalism industry's highest honors including a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for CNN's coverage of tsunami disaster in South Asia, and a 1997 Cable ACE award for extended breaking news coverage of Rwanda and Zaire. Chapin contributed to Covering Catastrophe (Bonus Books, 2002), a book recounting the events of 9/11 in an oral history format. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations sits on the board of The Masters School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
  • Andrew Jack Speaker
    Reporter, Financial Times
    Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including for a new health newsletter. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.
  • Kinsey Wilson Speaker
    EVP Product & Tech; Editor, Innovation/Strategy, The New York Times
    Kinsey Wilson is the lead digital officer for The New York Times. Operating at the nexus of news and business, he holds dual masthead titles as Editor for Innovation and Strategy and Executive Vice President for Product and Technology. In those roles, he oversees the work of more than 900 technologists, designers, product managers and editors responsible for shaping the company’s digital strategy and for creating products that give expression to New York Times journalism. Widely heralded for the excellence of its digital report, The Times has seen its audience grow to over 100 million monthly unique users and more than 1.7 million paying digital subscribers. Wilson joined The Times in February 2015 after six years in senior leadership positions at NPR. As EVP and Chief Content Officer from 2012 through 2014 he oversaw NPR’s worldwide news gathering, programming and digital operations. Under his leadership, NPR became known as a leading digital innovator, pioneering new forms of listening including NPR One, a popular one-touch digital platform. During that time, NPR’s journalism also was recognized with major awards including the duPont-Columbia, Peabody and Emmy awards. Before being named Chief Content Officer, Wilson was NPR’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media. From 2000 to 2008, Wilson was Editor-in-Chief of and later Executive Editor of USA TODAY, where he helped define the standards for online journalism through coverage of major news events including the 2000 presidential election, the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina. Wilson sits on the board of trustees of the Poynter Institute. He was an early leader of the Online News Association and president of the organization in 2007. And he has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
  • Katharine Viner Speaker
    Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media, Guardian, The
    Katharine Viner is editor-in-chief of the Guardian, a position she has held since June 2015. She joined the Guardian as a writer in 1997. She was appointed deputy editor of the Guardian in 2008; launched the award-winning Guardian Australia in 2013; and was also editor of Guardian US, based in New York. Katharine gave the 2013 AN Smith lecture in journalism at the University of Melbourne, The Rise of the Reader, discussing journalism in the age of the open web, and a speech on Truth and Reality in a Hyper-Connected World as part of the Oxford University Women of Achievement Lecture Series in May 2016.
  • Pat Mitchell Moderator
    Founder and President, Pat Mitchell Media
    Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with an emphasis on the representation of women’s stories. Ms. Mitchell is the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced programs that have received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards. In 2000, she became the first woman president and CEO of PBS. Mitchell also served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. In 2011, Ms. Mitchell partnered with TEDTalks to co-curate the TEDWomen global conference, which will be held this year New Orleans on November 1st – 3rd. Ms. Mitchell is especially proud to have been recognized by The Women’s Media Center with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to other women for advancing women through media. She also advises foundations and corporations on women’s empowerment issues and leadership development as well as media relations and governance. She is the chair of the Jordan River Foundation US Board, the Women’s Media Center and the Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund, the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mitchell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.