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Friday, May 31 • 8:30am - 9:45am
Opening Plenary: Tomorrow's Media

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For much of the last century, journalists have uncovered facts and rooted out truth, but they have intentionally distanced themselves from whatever happened as a result. Today, news organizations and journalists are wrestling with the limitations of that historic function — and with the emergence of a new role. Do they meet their obligation to society simply by exposing what’s wrong, or should they also investigate potential solutions? Do publishers create value just by connecting readers to the news, or more by providing pathways to civic engagement? How should the press consider its social impact – to the extent it should at all?


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Roberta Baskin

Director, Media Communications, Office of Inspector General, HHS
Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin joined the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services as Senior Communications Advisor. In her new position, Roberta finds creative ways to make the crackdown on health care fraud, waste, and abuse more transparent to the public. During her 30 years of reporting and producing, Roberta won more than 75 journalism prizes, including three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism... Read More →
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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of... Read More →
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June Cohen

Executive Producer, TED Media, TED
As Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen was responsible for bringing the TED Conference online, ultimately growing its audience from 1000 attendees per year to more than 1 million viewers per day. In 2006, she launched TEDTalks, the online video series, followed by TED.com (2007) and the TED Open Translation Project (2009). TEDTalks have now been viewed over 1 billion times worldwide. Cohen also co-produces and co-hosts the TED... Read More →
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Jonathan Wells

Managing Publisher, The Christian Science Monitor
Jonathan Wells joined The Christian Science Monitor in 1998 as the director of business development and electronic publishing. This position provided creative leadership to the business side of the Monitor’s website, as well as to advertising sales for the newspaper. The position also played a key role in development of new business models and market positioning for the Monitor in all its forms. In 2005, Jonathan was appointed managing... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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