Future of Media workshop agenda released


The FCC has assembled three panels of experts and stakeholders to look at public interest, broadcast journalism and digital media. It will run from 10:30AM-5:00 PM Thursday 3/4/10.

The FCC has broken the workshop into three parts: a. A brief history and overview of policies involving “public interest” requirements for commercial media and telecommunications companies; b. The state of local commercial broadcast TV and radio news and information; and c. The impact of media convergence and the emergence of the Internet, mobile technologies, and digital media on media policy.

The schedule and panelist are as follows:

10:30AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

* Steven Waldman, Senior Advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, (Moderator)

* Michael J. Copps, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

11:00 AM: Panel Discussion I:  A Brief History and Overview of the “Public Interest” in Media Policymaking

* Paul Starr, Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

* Henry Geller, U.S. Telecommunications Legal Expert and Former FCC General Counsel

* Robert Ratcliffe, Deputy Chief, Media Bureau, FCC

12:00PM:  Break

1:00PM: Panel Discussion II:  Traditional Media – Local Television and Radio Public Interest Obligations

* Angela Campbell, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown University

* Barbara Cochran, President Emeritus, Radio Television Digital News Association

* Jerald N. Fritz, Senior Vice President, Allbritton Communications

* Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, New York University

* Jane Mago, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

* Tom Rosensteil, Director, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism

* Andrew J.  Schwartzman, President and CEO, Media Access Project

3:00PM: Break

3:10PM: Panel Discussion III:  Policy Implications of Convergence and the Digital Transformation

* Daniel L. Brenner, Partner, Hogan & Hartson LLP; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law School

* Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association

* Jeff Jarvis, Associate Professor, Director of the Interactive Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

* Srinandan Kasi, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Associated Press

* Ben Scott, Policy Director, Free Press

* Adam Thierer, President and Director, Center for Media and Digital Freedom, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

5:00PM: Adjournment