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Workshop to explore 'Future of News' in the age of technology

Wednesday and Thursday, May 14-15, 2008, various times Friend Center convocation room
Leading thinkers about the business, practice and consumption of journalism will participate in a public workshop Wednesday and Thursday, May 14-15, to discuss how the Internet and digital technology are remaking the news business.

The "Future of News" workshop, hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, is free and open to the public, although advance registration is requested. The sessions, including two talks and four panel discussions, will take place in the Friend Center convocation room from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

"The Internet -- whose greatest promise is its ability to distribute and manipulate information -- is transforming the news media," the organizers wrote in their description of the workshop. "New tools and services allow people to be better informed and more instantly up to date than ever before, opening the door to an enhanced public life. But the same factors that make these developments possible are also undermining the institutional rationale and economic viability of traditional news outlets, leaving profound uncertainty about how the possibilities will play out."

The keynote talk, scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 14, will be delivered by Paul Starr, the Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton. The panel topics will be: "The People Formerly Known as the Audience"; "Economics of News"; "Data Mining, Visualization and Interactivity"; and "The Medium's New Message."

Among the many panel participants will be Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of the Wall Street Journal; Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University; and Mark Davis, vice president for strategy at the San Diego Union Tribune.

Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, formed in 2006, has taken a leading role in research at the frontier of information technology and public life. With deep expertise in the technological aspects of information technology, the center seeks to help leaders in government and business to make wise decisions in the face of rapid technological change. This conference is sponsored by the Microsoft Corp.

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