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Sustaining Journalism in the Digital Age

Speakers: Bill Nichols, Managing Editor, POLITICO
Vijay Ravindran, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Washington Post Company
Vivian Schiller, President and CEO, NPR
Presider: Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Newseum
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
June 30, 2010

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Speaking at a CFR-sponsored event at the Newseum in Washington, Politico Managing Editor Bill Nichols expressed optimism in the prospects for niche foreign affairs reporting becoming profitable. "It's a little bit, if you build it they will come," said Nichols, whose own newspaper has become successful in using new media to focus on reporting on Washington political developments. "I think the fact that there is a readership I believe is absolutely out there, is going to lead to continued innovation, and someone is going to crack the code."

Nichols shared a panel at the June 30 event with the president and CEO of NPR, Vivian Schiller, and Vijay Ravindran, the chief digital officer of Washington Post Company.

Schiller says she's encouraged by the amount of collaboration already underway in making investigative journalism sustainable, including on foreign policy issues. Quality, professional journalism can be sustained "through partnership, through collaboration and through multiple revenue streams, through a combination of philanthropic support, from reader support, from advertiser, sponsor, underwriter support," Schiller said. "This is the patchwork of the future." Schiller says a NPR recently launched an investigative unit that has delivered reports on issues such as veterans returning with traumatic brain injuries and the scope of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This event was part of the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary Event and was made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.


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