Thought you all might be interested in this upcoming PFF event on "Can Government Help Save the Press?" It will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the International Gateway Room, Mezzanine Level of the Ronald Reagan Building on 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. here in DC. This event will consider the FCC's "Future of Media" proceeding (comments are due this Friday) and debate what role the government should play (if any) in sustaining struggling media enterprises, "saving journalism," or promoting more "public media" or "public interest" content. [You can find all our essays about this here.]
The event will feature a keynote address by Ellen P. Goodman of the FCC's Future of Media team. Ellen is one of the sharpest minds in the media policy universe today, and a real asset to the FCC team. She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the FCC, a Research Fellow at American University's Center for Social Media, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. She is also a Professor at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, specializing in information law and policy. She has spoken before a wide range of audiences around the world on media policy issues, has consulted with the U.S. government on communications policy, and served as an advisor to President Obama's presidential campaign and transition team.
After Ellen Goodman brings us up to speed with where the FCC's Future of Media process stands, we'll hear from a diverse panel of experts that I am still busy assembling. But so far it includes Charlie Firestone of the Aspen Institute, who will be on hand to discuss the work he's been doing with the Knight Commission on this front. I've also invited a rep from the Newspaper Association of America to come and talk about the diversity of new media monetization models that they have been aggregating. (Check out the appendix of their outstanding FTC filing last Nov.) And Kurt Wimmer of Covington & Burling, who represents broadcasters among others, will talk about the need for regulatory flexibility / forbearance, especially on ownership issues. Again, more panelists to come. But please sign up now!