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Conference examines newspaper crisis

Friday, May 1, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Journalists and scholars will examine "The Newspaper Crisis" in a conference scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The conference will address the closures, layoffs and decreased circulation afflicting the newspaper industry and will explore what they mean to the public and how they affect the democratic process. Participants also will discuss how alternative models of journalism are structured and funded.

The event will feature two panels. The first will discuss the decline of the local newspaper industry, particularly the decreased coverage of the New Jersey Statehouse. The second panel will discuss emerging online news services, alternative funding for newspapers through nonprofits or philanthropy, and the increased use of the Internet as a source of information.

Paul Starr, Princeton's Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs and professor of sociology and public affairs, will deliver the opening address. Panelists will include Charles Layton, senior writer for the American Journalism Review and a former editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer; Jim Willse, editor of The (Newark) Star-Ledger; and Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica, an online investigative journalism organization.

The conference is sponsored by the Policy Research Institute for the Region of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit the conference website. For more information, contact Georgette Harrison.

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