Publicity-shy San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Communications editor-at-large Phil Bronstein, The One responsible for our nation’s recent newspaper upheaval, is not one to blow his own horn. You see he’s too polite too mention it, but he will be the star at tomorrow’s “What Comes After Newspapers?” panel at Fort Mason tomorrow night.
This free event is being put on by Zócalo Public Square, the people who just brought you Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark (another purported Killer of Newspapers.)
Get the deets below:
The answer is out there, Phil, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.
It appears there are a few seats left. You should get over there and try to ask them about Rupert Murdoch’s great idea.
Zócalo in San Francisco
What Comes After Newspapers?
A Zócalo/New America Foundation Event
Moderated by David Folkenflik, media correspondent, National Public Radio
Thursday, May 07, 2009, 7:30 pm
Fort Mason Center
Golden Gate Room at the Conference Center, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
From town tabloids to major metropolitan dailies, newspapers seem to be in their last throes. The availability of free and instant news online, the high profit margins demanded by media conglomerates, and the steep declines in advertising revenue have hit newspapers hard. They have been forced to lay off employees, trim their pages, close print operations or–as The Hearst Corp. has threatened to do to the San Francisco Chronicle–shut down completely. Will a new model or medium rise to do what newspapers have aimed to do for over a century–pursue accuracy and objectivity, doggedly investigate stories, act as a check on power, embody a community’s conversation with itself, and write a first draft of history? Or will the demise of newspapers mean a radical shift in what we know and how we know it? Zócalo hosts a panel–including former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll, Slate founder Michael Kinsley, and former San Francisco Chronicle executive vice president and editor Phil Bronstein–to discuss the decline of print media and the future of journalism.
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For more information, click www.newamerica.net.