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An estimated 200 people filled the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Library on June 17th. The standing room only crowd heard five media experts discuss the future of journalism. Now TV viewers can watch the complete forum in their living rooms on The Santa Barbara Channels, Channel 21.
The high-powered panel featured a slate of knowledgeable and entertaining experts: James Rainey, the L. A. Times media reporter; Nick Welsh, executive editor of The Santa Barbara Independent; Susan Paterno, professor of Journalism at Chapman University; Jerry Roberts, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle and the SB News-Press and more recently the creator of an online political blog, CalBuzz; and Dick Flacks, retired UCSB sociology professor. Local media blogger Craig Smith moderated the fast-paced discussion.
And what IS the future of journalism? The speakers discussed how rapidly it’s changing and how it’s a fertile ground for innovation. They shared their concern about whether the new media models could support the watchdog and investigative functions we expect from traditional print journalists. They agreed that the old business model is broken, but no one has figured out how to “monetize” web news yet, and people still want the content newspapers provide.
“This is a timely and probing program, one that has both local and national implications,” Hap Freund, Executive Director of The Santa Barbara Channels, commented. “We’re thrilled to be able to expand the audience beyond the 200 people in attendance at the event so the whole community can participate in thinking about these issues.”
Santa Barbara County Action Network and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters sponsored the forum, and the video recorded by the Santa Barbara Channels.
The program is scheduled to air on The Santa Barbara Channels, Channel 21 on:
Thursday, July 9 at 4:30 PM
Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Sunday, July 12th at 5:10 PM
Tuesday, July 14th at 11 AM and 9:30 PM
Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 16 at 5:10 PM
Saturday, July 18 at 5 PM.
Check the Channel 21 schedule on The SB Channels website for additional dates and times.