Thu, May 16, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

"The Future of News": A Panel Discussion

New digital platforms, changing industry economics and audience demographics, and technological advances have had a profound impact on the production and consumption of broadcast news. Network and local news broadcasts are being distributed online and via mobile devices, and a new workforce of digital journalists is being developed.  Newswriters, graphic artists, producers and others want to learn how these developments will affect their work and their ability to earn a living. This panel will examine the changing face of the broadcast news industry and explore the question of what further changes the future may hold.

WGAE President Michael Winship moderates a panel with C. W. Anderson of the College of Staten Island and Bob Papper of Hofstra University.


C. W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York) and director of research at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  His book Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age was published in January 2013 by Temple University Press. Rebuilding the News chronicles the history of online journalism in Philadelphia from 1997 until the present and discusses what the larger lessons of Philadelphia can teach us about journalism in the digital age. His current research traces the use of “documents” and “data” in journalism from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, in an attempt to flesh out a cultural history of the idea of the journalistic “report.”

Bob Papper is the Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University.

For 19 years, Papper has overseen the RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey on the state of local radio and television news. He also conducts Future of News studies for the RTDNF; he originated the Middletown Media Studies (which morphed into the Video Consumer Mapping Study funded by The Nielsen Company); and is co-editor of Electronic News, the official journal of the Electronic News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Papper's Broadcast News & Writing Stylebook just came out in its 5th edition (Pearson), and he's won more than a hundred state, regional and national awards, including four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and a DuPont-Columbia for "Excellence in Broadcast Journalism."

He has worked at television stations in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio. He's a past president of the Maine Association of Broadcasters and a longtime member of the national education committee of the Radio Television Digital News Association. In 2006, Papper was honored as the Ball State University Researcher of the Year, and in 2007, the Associated Press Broadcasters inducted him into the Indiana Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in Broadcast Journalism. In 2011, Papper received the Hofstra Teacher of the Year Award for the School of Communication. In 2012, he received the Ed Bliss Award from the Electronic News Division of the AEJMC. The annual award recognizes "Outstanding teaching, scholarship and service."

Michael Winship has served as President of the Writers Guild of America, East since 2007, and recently completed two years as senior writer of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. He has written everything from commentary and news to made-for-TV movies, children’s television, musical variety specials and documentaries. In the course of his long career, Michael has worked for CBS, America’s major PBS stations, the Discovery Networks, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, the Children’s Television Workshop and National Geographic, among others. Michael received the 2009 Emmy Award for excellence in writing and has been nominated for the Writers Guild Award seven times, receiving it in 2004 and 2009. He writes a weekly column for the 200 daily and weekly newspapers of GateHouse News that also appears on progressive websites worldwide.

Event Location

WGAE Office
250 Hudson Street
Suite 700
New York, NY 10013

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