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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. Prior to joining NPR in 2012, Chapin spent 25 years at CNN and worked her way up from intern, to bureau chief to vice president. Most recently, Chapin was the Vice President and Deputy Bureau Chief of CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau, where her strategic editorial and management responsibility included oversight of the 2009 presidential transition coverage and daily coverage of the White House and Capitol Hill. 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
    Head of Curated Content, Financial Times
    Andrew Jack is an editor at the Financial Times. He is head of curated content, running a series of newsletters, and editorial lead for its free access programme for schools. His previous reporting roles included pharmaceuticals, health, finance and general news, Moscow bureau chief and Paris correspondent.
  • 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
    Lifelong advocate for women and girls, known as a journalist, producer, television executive, program curator and advisor to foundations and media organizations on issues relating to women's leadership and empowerment. Advises foundations and corporations on women's leadership and empowerment, serving on the boards of Participant Media and the Skoll Foundation Fund. During her years as a producer and media executive, Pat Mitchell initiated, produced and hosted award winning programs, including the historically significant multi-hour documentary series, Women in War: New Voices from the Frontlines; Cold War and Century of Women, the history of women in America. She was also the first woman to host and produce a national program focused on the stories of women- Woman to Woman. As the first woman president and chief executive of PBS, Mitchell led the public broadcasting service through the digital transition of 349 public television stations, added significant new programs to the PBS schedule and founded the PBS Foundation. Following her tenure, Mitchell became the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media in New York, an institution focused on documenting media's role in society. Ms. Mitchell serves as Chair of the Women's Media Center and is especially proud to have been recognized with their first annual Lifetime Achievement Award--The Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award now given annually to outstanding media professionals who have used their work to empower other women through media. Mitchell is also the Chair of the Sundance Institute board, a founding board member of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women, a member of the Acumen Fund board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2016, was appointed by Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Congressional Commission to establish the first American Museum of Women's History. She serves on the Civil Society Advisory Council for UNWOMEN.