The Future of Journalism & Democracy Livestreaming Tuesday, April 20 RSVP [[link removed]]
The Center for Journalism & Liberty [[link removed]] of the Open Markets Institute, in cooperation with the Washington Monthly, is hosting a daylong virtual conference Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The discussion will bring together lawmakers, law enforcers, journalists, and policy analysts to discuss how to structure the U.S. market for news and advertising to ensure a financially independent free press in America, at the national, regional, and local level. The discussion will focus closely on recent actions against Google and Facebook by law enforcers in Washington, individual U.S. states, and Australia, and on plans to rebuild the sort of journalism we need to keep democracy healthy and safe.
The one-day virtual symposium will include multiple sessions and panels focusing on challenges to media independence, including policy enforcement, sustainability strategies, market structures and equitable advertising systems. The conversations will include debates about new legislation, the actions in Australia, alternative business models and other media matters complicated by Google and Facebook’s domination and influence. See below for the schedule of events.
Streaming on these platforms [[link removed]] Featured speakers:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee
Rep. David Cicilline
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee
Minnesota Attorney General
THE SESSIONS (times subject to adjustment)
9:30 a.m. ET: Welcome: Jody Brannon, director of the Center for Journalism & Liberty.
9:35 a.m.: Introduction: Barry Lynn, executive director, Open Markets Institute.
9:40 a.m.: The Crisis of Journalism in Europe – and the U.K. Response: Andrea Coscelli, director of U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, will discuss, with The Markup’s Julia Angwin, last year’s groundbreaking report [[link removed]] on the monopolization of the advertising industry, and the CMA’s creation of a new Digital Markets Unit to address the problem.
10:10 a.m.: Techniques of Control and Exploitation: Journalist Julia Angwin, privacy expert Johnny Ryan, and OMI’s Sally Hubbard will discuss how Google and Facebook maintain and exercise their power over journalists and readers.
10:55 a.m.: The View from Today’s Newsroom: Newspaper publishing executives from three metro dailies will discuss their fight to protect independent regional and local newsrooms, and the effects of Google and Facebook’s advertising duopoly. Penny Abernathy, a visiting professor at Medill, will converse with Danielle Coffey of the News Media Alliance, Alan Fisco of the Seattle Times, Dan Krockmalnic of The Boston Globe, and Randy Lebedoff of The Minnesota Star Tribune.
11:45 a.m.: The View from Tomorrow’s Newsroom: Three experienced journalists will discuss the challenge of developing new outlets to cover local diverse communities without being able to rely on much digital advertising. Anne Kim of the Washington Monthly moderates this session with entrepreneurial professor Letrell Crittenden, Lauren Williams of the startup Capital B, and The Monthly’s Grace Gedye, who’s written extensively about podcasts [[link removed]].
12:25 p.m.: Keynote: Monopoly and Democracy in America. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee, will speak about America’s monopoly crisis with a focus on how it affects America’s free press.
12:40 p.m.: BREAK
1 p.m.: The Fight Underway: Journalists and Citizens Use Anti-Monopoly Law to Protect Democracy: Panelists will take a close look at the case against Google, by 15 U.S. states and territories, and the private case against Google’s monopolization of advertising, brought by newspaper publishers from across the U.S. OMI’s Sally Hubbard will moderate this session with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, legal analyst Dina Srinavasan, West Virginia newspaper group owner Doug Reynolds, and antitrust attorney Tim Cowen.
1:55 p.m.: The Promise and Limits of Philanthropy: Panelists will consider how foundations have helped to save publishers big and small. But the model has a number of economic and political limits. Panel features Report for America’s Steve Waldman, Millie Tran, recently of the Texas Tribune, and local news researcher Penny Abernathy.
2:30 p.m.: Keynote: A Battle on Many Fronts: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, will discuss how to stabilize America’s news industry today while taking the steps necessary to protect democracy in the age of Google and Facebook. This will be a Q&A format with Axios media reporter Sara Fischer.
3 p.m. Digital Dark Money in Journalism: Five journalists and scholars will debate whether publishers can take money from Google and Facebook and still be independent. Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris will moderate this conversation with Illinois professor Nikki Usher, CJL freelancer Dan Froomkin, former hyperlocal publisher Mandy Jenkins, The New York Times media critic Ben Smith, and Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar. Introduced by Washington Monthly’s editor-in-chief, Paul Glastris.
4 p.m. From the Australia Model Back to the North Star. Panelists will discuss how to build a free press fit to save democracy – looking at the Australia model and others. Synthesizing the day’s conversation will be Australia regulator Rod Sims, The New York Times media critic Ben Smith, Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar, and OMI policy director Phil Longman, author of “ Starving the News [[link removed]].”
Other Presenters and Participants Penny Abernathy [[link removed]], visiting professor at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; author of “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?” @businessofnews Julia Angwin [[link removed]], editor-in-chief, The Markup @JuliaAngwin Danielle Coffey [[link removed]], senior vice president and general counsel, News Media Alliance @newsalliance Dr. Andrea Coscelli [[link removed]], chief executive, UK Competition and Markets Authority @CMAgovUK Tim Cowen [[link removed]], chair, antitrust practice, Preiskel & Co. LLP Dr. Letrell Crittenden [[link removed]], communications professor, Thomas Jefferson University @LDeshan Sara Fischer [[link removed]], media reporter, Axios @sarafischer Alan Fisco [[link removed]], president, Seattle Times; president, America’s Newspapers @newspapersorg Rana Foroohar [[link removed]], columnist and editor, Financial Times @RanaForoohar Dan Froomkin [[link removed]], editor, Press Watch, and freelance reporter @froomkin Grace Gedye, [[link removed]] editor, The Washington Monthly @GraceGedye Paul Glastris [[link removed]], editor-in-chief, The Washington Monthly @glastris Mandy Jenkins [[link removed]], former general manager, McClatchy’s Compass Experiment in Youngstown, Ohio @mjenkins Anne Kim [[link removed]], contributing editor, The Washington Monthly @Anne_S_Kim Dan Krockmalnic [[link removed]], executive vice president and general counsel, Boston Globe @krockmalnic Randy Lebedoff, [[link removed]] senior vice president and general counsel, Minneapolis Star Tribune @StarTribune Doug Reynolds [[link removed](politician)], managing partner, HD Media Co. LLC, publisher of a group of West Virginia newspapers, including the Huntington Herald Dispatch @heralddispatch Dr. Johnny Ryan [[link removed]], senior fellow, Irish Council for Civil Liberties; fellow, Open Markets Institute; former chief privacy officer, Brave Software @johnnyryan Rod Sims [[link removed]], chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission @acccgovau Ben Smith [[link removed]], media columnist, New York Times and former editor-in-chief, BuzzFeed @benyt Dina Srinivasan [[link removed]], fellow, Thurmond Arnold Project, Yale University; founder, Effidia, an adtech company whose technology was acquired by WPP @DinaSrinivasan Millie Tran [[link removed]], formerly of Texas Tribune; CJL advisory board @millie Dr. Nikki Usher [[link removed]], professor, University of Illinois; fellow, Center for Journalism & Liberty and CJL’s advisory board chair @nikkiusher Steve Waldman [[link removed]], president of Report for America, coordinator of the Rebuild Local News Coalition @stevenwaldman Lauren Williams [[link removed]], co-founder and chief executive officer, Capital B; formerly SVP and editor-in-chief, Vox @laurenwilliamsOpen Markets & CJL Staff Dr. Jody Brannon [[link removed]], director, Center for Journalism & Liberty @brannonj Sally Hubbard [[link removed]], director of enforcement strategy, Open Markets Institute @Sally_Hubbard Phillip Longman [[link removed]], policy director, Open Markets Institute; senior editor, The Washington Monthly Barry Lynn [[link removed]], executive director, Open Markets Institute @barryclynn RSVP [[link removed]]
The Center for Journalism & Liberty, now in its second year, is part of the Knight Research Network [[link removed]] and is a project of the Open Markets Institute.
About the Center for Journalism & Liberty
Our mission is to ensure that the news media of the U.S. and our democratic allies is fully independent and robustly funded in the 21st century’s digital economy. We are guided by the belief that government plays a fundamental role in structuring news media markets and business models to ensure that neither the state nor any one or few private actors control the words or actions of reporters, editors and publishers. We focus on policy solutions with regard to privacy, platforms, business models, and content integrity.