What are the obstacles and opportunities in today’s media landscape? I spent a couple hours on the evening of April 23 talking about just that with David Board, dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, and three of my fellow alumni: Kurtis Lee of the Los Angeles Times, David Wood of The Huffington Post and Steve Capus of CBS Evening News.
Part of the university’s alumni weekend, the panel was an opportunity for Journalism Department grads to reunite and discuss the challenges facing our industry. It’s an honor, professionally, to have been included in the panel, but I was just as excited personally to catch up with other alumni and professors, and meet current students.
The panel featured questions about pressures to deliver news quickly and accurately, as well as recent scrutiny of the industry in light of Brian Williams’ decision to recant his story about taking enemy fire in a helicopter ride, and Columbia University’s report on editorial failures in Rolling Stone’s now-infamous “A Rape on Campus” story.
We also talked about some lighter stuff, like still finding promise for young, aspiring journalists, and how publications respond to audiences’ needs without losing substance. Skip to 9:25 in this video report for some highlights of our conversation.