Poynter Institute's Tedx brings NYT's David Carr, Buzzfeed's Ben Smith to Florida Friday to parse journalism's future
It's a simple sentence, weighted with a universe of possibilities.
"The future of journalism is..."
That's the statement participants in the Poynter Institute's latest Tedx series will attempt to finish on Friday, led by some of the sharpest minds in journalism.
New York Times media critic David Carr, PolitiFact editor Bill Adair, Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith and WFTS-Ch. 28 traffic reporter Meredyth Censullo are among the presenters convened for this most special of speaking series' -- developed as a journalism-centered version of the renowned Ted talks offered nationwide.
You can still register for the event today; click here for more details on scheduling and the event itself, which will be recorded, live blogged and tweeted within an inch of its life.
Today at 6 p.m., Columbia University's Sree Sreenivasan is leading a two-hour social media workshop with Poynter faculty to advance the Tedx presentations the next day. Admission is $50; well worth the rare opportunity to learn from a nationally-recognized authority on journalism and online technology.
I was fortunate enough to participate in Poynter's first Tedx, held in October. My talk -- looking at how local shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge revealed that journalism is morphing from a craft to an act -- was a fun way to look at how technology and shifting attitudes about news were affecting how journalists do their jobs and the audience consumes journalism.
Less than a year later, it feels like there's more turbulence roiling the waters than ever.
Carr has written powerfully on how a newspaper with a strong legacy of local penetration and significance, the Times Picayune in New Orleans, is nevertheless ending its life as a daily newspaper after more than 160 years. Adair has seen critics from all sides of the political spectrum challenge the very existence of the fact-checking website he runs, based on a few controversial calls.
Smith raised eyebrows in the media world by leaving Politico for a website dedicated to curating the most talked-about stories online.
They all have one thing in common, though. They're going to provide amazing endings to the sentence fragment presented above.