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Supporting International, Investigative and In-Depth Reporting in the New Media Environment

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Funding the Hard Stuff-How do we ensure that the investigative and international journalism we want is supported as the networked media environment evolves?

Proposed Agenda

Wednesday July 23, 2008

7:00 pm Dinner

Grafton Street Pub in Harvard Square 1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, tel: 617.497.0400

Thursday July 24, 2008

9:00 am - 2:00 pm Roundtable

Berkman Center Conference Room 23 Everett St Cambridge MA 617 495 7547 9:00 am-2:00

Coffee and light breakfast will be available in the morning, lunch will be brought in at noon.

9:00 – 9:30 Introductions

Including goals/questions we hope to address

9:30 - 9:45 Framing the day

Moderated by Persephone Miel

Brief history of why we’re here, what we hope to get out of today, groundrules for discussion, review of agenda for changes, additions

9:45 – 11:00 Mapping out possible strategies

Moderated by Ethan Zuckerman

Build on and expand Ethan’s list to create comprehensive list of possible strategies, brainstorm examples and challenges of as many as possible:

  • Supply side – new reporting techniques, new authors, new sources, translation/re-packaging
  • Demand side – specialized outlets, new distribution structures, changing mindset within existing media structures, mechanisms for stimulating/demonstrating demand from public
  • Funding – examples of for-profit, non-profit, other alternatives

11:00 – 11:30 examples

Moderated by Tom Eisenmann

Brief examination of two alternative business models: one not-for-profit, one for-profit

  • Global News Network - Charles Sennott
  • Global Voices - Ethan Zuckerman

11:30 - 12:30 Selecting targets for intervention

Moderated by Dan Gillmor

Which strategies seem most promising and/or most in need of exploration? What is needed to help move them forward? Who has a stake in this? Which strategies apply to international only, which to investigative only?

12:30 – 1:30 (over lunch) What can this group do?

Moderated by Joe Bower

What are the appropriate roles for:

  • Academia, research centers (those in the room and others)
  • Traditional media organizations
  • New media organizations
  • Philanthropists
  • Activist communities
  • General public (crowdfunding models?)
  • Who is not in the room and should be?

1:30-2:00 next steps

Moderated by Josh Benton

Concrete actions by all interested parties


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