Life After Newspapers: Challenges and Opportunities for New Media and the Public


Twin Cities Media Alliance’s 2007 Annual Citizen Media Forum

Presented with the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library

When: Sat Nov 3rd, 9am – 3pm

Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls
Cost: Free but pre-registration is requested.
Online Registration Now Available: Register here

What does life after newspapers look like? Why should we care?
In the midst of an extremely tumultuous year for the Twin Cities’ two mainstream newspapers, this free Public Forum examines the future of Twin Cities journalism in the age of YouTube, blogs and corporatized media.

Keynote speaker Robert McChesney of Free Press, a national, nonpartisan media reform organization, and two panels of local media veterans and analysts will discuss the local and national media landscape and its impact on journalism, journalists and citizens. After an informal Lunch, free workshops on media reform, citizen journalism and community blogging will be offered in the afternoon.


Check in, grab coffee and browse info and book tables. Books provided by Magers and Quinn.

9.30am-9.45am WELCOME
By Twin Cities Media Alliance board chair Abdirahman Aynte, editor of the Somali website Hiiraan Online, and contributing writer for Minnesota Monitor.

9.45am-10am FILM SCREENING
“EPIC 2015” a science-fiction mock-umentary short about the future of news, created by Matt Thompson, currently deputy editor for interactive content, Star Tribune.

10am-10.50am PANEL #1: The Future of News: What Role for Journalists?

Veteran print & online journalists examine how the media landscape, and the jobs of journalists, are evolving. (Incl 10 minutes for Q&A)

Moderator: TC Daily Planet vice chair Rich Broderick. Panelists include:
o Joel Kramer, publisher of new media venture,;
o Steve Perry, creator of new online magazine;
o Brian Lambert, “Lambert to the Slaughter” columnist at The Rake & former Pioneer Press reporter;
o Matt Thompson, deputy editor for interactive content, Star Tribune;
o Eric Black, former Star Tribune reporter,;

10:50am – 11.30am: KEYNOTE: “Communication Revolution or Counter-revolution? The Media Reform Movement and the Future of Democracy” by Robert McChesney

Research professor of communications at the University of Illinois, and founder of Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media through education, organizing and advocacy, McChesney will address today’s tremendous policy battles over media and communication in the USA, their implications and current reform efforts.

11:30am – 11.40am BREAK (10 min)

11:40am – 12.30pm PANEL #2: The Future of News: What Roles for Citizens?

Why should citizens participate in media reform efforts? How can citizens become more active participants in news gathering and news production? Redefining citizen journalism in the age of videophones and YouTube. (Includes 10 min for Q&A)

Moderator: reporter/author Doug McGill. Panelists include:
o Bob McChesney, co-founder of;
o Mary Turck, editor, Twin Cities Daily Planet;
o Janis Lane-Ewart, executive director, KFAI community radio;
o Michael Caputo, MPR’s Public Insight Journalism project.
o Nora Paul, director, Institute for New Media Studies, U of M;

12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH

Enjoy small group conversations with panelists and speakers over informal box lunches. (Please order lunchboxes when you register.)

1:30pm – 2:50pm WORKSHOPS

Workshop A: Intro to Citizen Journalism
By former New York Times reporter Doug McGill, author of HERE: A Global Citizen’s Journey, the online McGill Report, and the Largemouth Citizen Journalism Manual. This session focuses on one critical skill of citizen journalism, basic story structure, and journalistic ethical issues. Resources for self-study included.

Workshop B: Creating a Community Blog
By freelance writer Dan Haugen, creator of Learn how to choose a blogging host and other basics, and how to inspire others to join you in talking about your neighborhood.

Workshop C: Media Reform & Practical Suggestions for Citizen Action
By Robert McChesney, co-founder of, author and professor of communications at University of Illinois.

Note: workshops run concurrently and conclude by 2.50pm.