Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Local media monopoly forum set for June 1

With the consolidation of the local newspaper industry, can journalism survive in an era of corporate mergers and acquisitions? What about public service and community needs? What can be done in response to these trends to strengthen the quality of our news media workplaces? Those are among the questions panelists will attempt to answer at a June 1 forum presented by the Society of Professional Journalists and Media Alliance. Panelists will include Guild President Linda Foley, San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond, East Bay Express Editor Stephen Buel, New America Media director Sandy Close and a panelist to be named later. Moderator will be SFSU journalism professor Erna Smith. The discussion is set for 7 p.m. (6:30 reception) June 1 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. at Octavia, San Francisco. Admission $5, free for SPJ and Media Alliance members. See the SPJ-NorCal site for information.

2 comments:

wildebeest said...

For balance, along with editors and guild leaders, it would be good if the panelist to be named later is a current staff reporter from one of the local papers.

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Anonymous said...

i'd love it if somebody were to ask linda foley of the guild why she was willing to get in bed with somebody like ron burkle? it is well documented that burkle hates the press and is willing to spend any amount of money to restrict access to open records. what on earth was the guild thinking? ... but this group will probably be too polite, knowing my bay area colleagues.