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Transforming News Organizations for the Digital Now 2008

Instructor: KDMC Staff

The changes in the way news and information are reported, delivered and consumed demand editors with new vision and leadership skills.

The Knight Digital Media Center recognized the challenges editors must meet and brought top editors and online managers from 12 newspapers this 4-day, all expenses-paid leadership conference in Los Angeles designed to help focus their 21st century newsroom.

This unique gathering, underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and McCormick Foundation, took place July 15-18, 2008, in Los Angeles. Highlights included the best ideas and innovations available to help editors shape their organization’s future.

Discussions included:

  •     Identifying and understanding the new online audience
  •     Incubating new technologies to transform the news
  •     Making collaborative journalism work
  •     Analyzing new forms of storytelling for the web
  •     Creating new models of newsroom organization
  •     Managing change
  •     Training for the future


Vin Crosbie
Managing Partner, Digital Deliverance LLC

Jay Hamilton
Charles S. Sydnor Professor, Duke University

Amy Mitchell
Deputy Director, Project on Excellence in Journalism

Vikki Porter
Director, Knight Digital Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Steve Yelvington
Morris Communications