The Press in Crisis - Reinventing America's News Business

Wed, April 1, 20098:30 AM

Dear Media Expert:

It’s no secret that the new business is in trouble. Readers, listeners and viewers are dwindling along with profits. For many American the news is seen now as just another entertainment option – not an indispensible part of citizenship and democracy.

Cultural changes, the Internet, and media fragmentation have added to the confusion about where the media is going and left professionals and academics looking for new way to present and pay for the news. And it all comes at a time when the world is becoming increasingly complex and dangerous. Never before have we so desperately needed a credible, viable media system that can provide us with the information we need to find our way.

In an effort to discuss this challenge, the Mass Communication Department at the University of Central Oklahoma is presenting “The Press in Crisis – Reinventing America’s News Business,” and you are invited. Our featured speaker this year will be Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. She will present the Project’s annual report – the State of the News Media 2008. The conference will be April 1 & 2 in Constitution Hall at the Nigh University Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. The conference is free. Lunch each day is $15 per person with advance registration. Deadline for meal registration is March 25.

This is a chance for media professionals across Oklahoma to gather and discuss ways to build a new system that promotes trust and competence. Please join us and bring your colleagues.

For more information or to register, call (405) 974-5305 or (405) 974-5303.

The Press in Crisis – Reinventing America’s News Business

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration, continental breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Opening

9:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Amy Mitchell, deputy director, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “The State of the News Media 2008.”

Break [15 minutes]

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Questions and Answer

Break [15 minutes]

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Break [15 minutes]

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Theory and Substance – What Information Do We Need in a Complex Society?

  • Charles Self, professor, OU Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Joe Worley, executive editor, Tulsa World
  • Dick Pryor, deputy director, managing editor, OETA
  • Terry Clark, chair, UCO Dept. of Mass Communication

Thursday, April 2, 2009

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration, continental breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Opening

9:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Who, What, When, Where, Why and How? – Paying for the Public Service Press.

  • Jim Langdon, publisher, Langdon Publishing, Tulsa
  • Bill Bleakley, publisher, Oklahoma Gazette
  • Karen Holp, vice president and general manager, KGOU
  • Wes Milbourn, executive vice president and station manager, KFOR and KAUT

Break [15 minutes]

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
A New Age of Enlightenment – Building a News System that Serves the Global Community

  • Rob Collins, editor, Oklahoma Gazette
  • Blaise Labbe, news director, KWTV
  • Bill Hickman, professor, UCO Dept. of Mass Communication
  • Joey Senat, associate professor, OSU Dept. of Journalism
  • Larry Patton, general manager, KSWO Lawton

Break [15 minutes]

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Break [15 minutes]

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Brainstorming the Future – Group Breakout Reports

AMY MITCHELL: Amy S. Mitchell is Deputy Director for the Project for Excellence in Journalism. She is involved in all aspects of the PEJ, with a primary focus in designing, managing and writing the Project’s in-depth research reports. This includes the Annual Report on the State of the News Media and other more specific studies such as coverage of various election cycles and of major news stories like the war in Iraq. Mitchell has been with the Project since its inception in 1997. Prior to this, she was a congressional research associate at the American Enterprise Institute where she researched public policy and the relationship of the press, the public and government. She has authored and co-authored several works including, Thinking Clearly: Case Studies in Journalistic Decision Making. Mitchell has also won awards for PEJ’s Annual Report on the State of the News Media including two SPJ awards and the Bart Richards awards. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives in Silver Sprins, MD with her husband and three children.