February 2, 2012

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‘The Future of Online Journalism’ topic of March symposium

The top editor of an independent, nonprofit newsroom that won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes will deliver the keynote address at a symposium sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

“The Future of Online Journalism: News, Community, and Democracy in the Digital Age,” held March 29-30, will feature scholars and leaders in the fields of journalism, communication, economics, sociology, and law. They will discuss how to meet the information needs of communities despite the continuing evaporation of professional reporting that maintains accountability on the local level. They also will examine the impact of online journalism on community information needs and democratic self-governance.

The symposium will commence with an opening keynote address from Paul Steiger, editor in chief, CEO, and president of ProPublica. The independent news operation, which captured Pulitzer Prizes in May 2010 and 2011, produces investigative journalism in the public interest. That kind of work has been threatened as traditional news operations have slashed resources devoted to investigative journalism while losing revenue with traditional business models.

Steiger was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal for 26 years, serving as the managing editor from 1991-2007 – a time during which the newsroom earned 16 Pultizer Prizes. He also is a former reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times. Steiger is a member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and former chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In addition to I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society and the College, the symposium is being presented by the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies and supported by the Knight Foundation. Panel discussion topics include the viability of local online news, innovations in local news, the future of accountability journalism, and law and online journalism.

For more information, visit the symposium website here or register here.

– Monica DeMeglio

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