Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hearing: The Future of Journalism

If you're in DC tomorrow afternoon and have some time on your hands, here's a best bet: A Senate Commerce subcommittee is having a hearing entitled "The Future of Journalism," to be chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

The hearing appears to be focused on the decline of newspapers and online efforts to replace enterprise and investigative journalism. "Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures," Kerry said in a statement reported in the Boston Globe and other outlets.

The panel will include winners and losers in the move to online news. Among the witnesses are Arianna Huffington and a Google vice president. No representatives from The New York Times Co., which owns the Globe and has threatened to close it if cannot win $10 million in wage concessions from the Boston Newspaper Guild.

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