Friday May 1, 2009

Location: Pyle Center  3rd Floor Lakeside, 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI

SESSION I    9:00 am - 10:25 pm
Surviving the Media Carnage: Pathways to Good Journalism.

The future of journalism is being debated amid the decline of traditional economic models and a media revolution. In tough times, can journalism afford ethics? What are the pathways to the future? Are there new models for doing good public-interest journalism and in maintaining ethical standards?

Lew Friedland, Professor, UW School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Kathy Bissen, director of production, Wisconsin Public Television
Paul Fanlund, executive editor, The Capital Times
Ellen Foley, former editor, Wisconsin State Journal
Phil Rosenthal, media columnist, Chicago Tribune
Jon Sawyer, executive director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Coffee break    10:30 - 10:40

SESSION 2    10:45 am - 11:55 am
Ethical Situationals: Tough Calls in the Newsroom

Senior journalists and editors present the toughest ethical issues they face today in the newsroom, and how they have respond to specific cases and situations. This is an interactive session where the editors present ethical situations and ask the audience how they would respond.

Lee Wilkins, Curators’ Teaching Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Scott J. Anderson, former senior political producer,
Juli Buehler, news director, WLUK-TV Fox 11, Green Bay, WI
Martin Kaiser, editor, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Owen Ullmann, deputy director/news, USA Today

Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 pm
One hour free time for lunch.  Information on nearby restaurants will be provided.

SESSION 3    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Media Accountability: A Dialogue with the Public Editor of the New York Times

Clark Hoyt, public editor of the New York Times, discusses his role as public editor and his assessment of journalism ethics today with conference attendees.

Introduction:  Sharon Dunwoody, Evjue-Bascom Professor, UW School of Journalism & Mass Communication

SESSION 4    2:05 pm - 3:10 pm
The Future of Investigative journalism

Prominent investigative journalists discuss the future of their craft and consider new models for funding and doing investigative journalism,  such as not-for-profit foundations.

Moderator: to be announced
Robert Cribb
, investigative reporter, Toronto Star
Andy Hall, executive director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Journalism, University of Illinois
George Stanley, managing editor, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Coffee Break 3:15 - 3:30 pm

SESSION 5     3:35 pm - 4:45 pm
New Media, Ethics and Democratic Journalism

Does online journalism have an ethics, or should it have an ethics? If it has an ethics, what is it? Must there be a tension between traditional and new media journalism? How can the potential of new media and communication technology be used responsibly to enhance democratic journalism? A panel of journalists and media scholars debate the prospects and the practice of new media journalism.

Moderator: Sue Robinson, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, AllThingsDigital
Katy Culver, Professor, UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Jeff Mayers, president,

CONCLUSION    4:45 - 5:00 pm
End-of-conference reflections, final comments and thanks.



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