Over the past several decades, broadcast media has increasingly depended on advertisers, ratings and clicks in order to produce journalism. Yet as we enter a new presidential administration and simultaneously face an increasing onslaught of clickbait and fake news, our democracy’s need for credible and original reporting could not be greater. The First Amendment guarantees a free press, but it certainly doesn’t protect public affairs journalism.
Join the Newseum Institute for a conversation on the future of news driven by the public interest and, increasingly, funded by community members invested in the public interest. What’s different about coverage that isn’t profit driven? What role will it play in the new administration?
Bonnie Erbé is host of “To The Contrary.” She has written weekly columns for PoliticsDaily.com and for Scripps Howard newspapers, and was a contributing editor at USNews.com.
Douglas Blackmon is host of “American Forum.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name:The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name, he is a former editor and correspondent at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Alexander Heffner is host of “The Open Mind.” He was a special correspondent for PBS’s “Need to Know,”chronicling the millennial vote in 2012, and he founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the first-ever national student newspapers covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama administration.
The discussion will be moderated by Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum and Newseum Institute.