Media Summit: The Rise of (Private) Niche News Model

Time: October 4, 2010 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Singleton Room, Roberts Hall

Description:

While most media grapple with what to put behind an online paywall, niche news has the opposite puzzle – how much ankle can it expose for free? A panel of news media editors and reporters will discuss the challenges facing news outlets in a digital world. Craigslist, Google and other digital predators have decimated the print-advertising model, and no matter how wonderful the website appears, the new digital advertising dime doesn’t replace the old print dollar. Niche models can make lots of money, but at what cost to the size and ambitions of newsrooms constantly under fire?

A panel of news media editors and reporters will discuss the challenges facing news outlets in a digital world from Noon – 1 p.m., Singleton Room, Roberts Hall.

Panelists include Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Thomson Reuters; John Benditt, editor of Nomad Editions; Allan Dodds Frank, contributor to The Daily Beast; Deborah Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia; and Kathleen Knauer, executive producer of The Allegheny Front. Ted Selker, associate director of Cylab Mobility Research of the Silicon Valley campus, will moderate.

*Lunch will be served at the event. For additional information please contact swaney@andrew.cmu.edu