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2008 Breaux Symposium  ::  New Models for News  



The 2008 symposium, "New Models for News," looked at a troubling trend, the decrease in original news gathering by journalists.   As a result the economic disruptions, traditional print and broadcast media have cut back editorial staffs along with bureaus at home and abroad.  This has reduced the flow of news, especially the kinds of news that underpin the public's reliance on the press as a check on government.  The symposium wanted to explore these trends and suggest ways to expand news reporting.  The symposium built on the 2004 Breaux Symposium, "News in the Public Interest:  A Free and Subsidized Press."  The discussants comprised a distinguished group of scholars, journalists and entrepreneurs and included:


     —  Jim Brady, essayist:  Journalism in Transition

     —  Neil Budde, discussant  

     —  Larry Kramer, discussant  

     —  James T. Hamilton, essayist:  A Free and Subsidized  
          Press:  Updating the 2004 Breaux Symposium 

     —  Charles Lewis, essayist:  New Models for News

     —  Amy McCombs, discussant 

      —  Michael Maier, essayist: Medipedia or How to Learn from the Citizens 

     —  Geneva Overholser, essayist: Updating "On Behalf of Journalism:  A Manifesto for           Change" 

     —  Robert Picard, essayist: News Consumption and the Business of Journalism 

     —  Benjamin Shute, discussant  

     —  Bill Wheatley, essayist:  Weathering the Perfect Storm: Some Survival Skills 


Each participant had a deep abiding dedication to move beyond the gloomy talk of the decline in journalism to creative new platforms that ensure an informed and participatory citizenry.   


Click here for complete panelist bios. (.pdf file) 

Click here to read a copy of the report.  (.pdf file)