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• 3/30/06: Who Needs Ink? The Future of Newspapers, Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, San Jose

• 4/20/06 - 4/23/06: Spring National Scholastic Journalism Convention, San Franciso

• 3/30/06

Who Needs Ink? The Future of Newspapers

Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, San Jose

What is the future of newspapers, and who will decide it? Will competition from the Internet, broadcast and other sources of information doom the journalism that newspapers have provided to broad groups of readers? Is that journalism essential, or will it become irrelevant? What's best for employees, readers and advertisers - and will that make any difference? The move to sell Knight Ridder, with a current market capitalization of about $4.1 billion, shows that the stakes are high. What do financial analysts see as the current and future trends for print media? Join us as these questions and more will be discussed by our panel of news media experts.

Panel Members:

Moderator: Jim Bettinger – director, Knight Fellowships Program, Stanford University

March 30, 2006
6:30 p.m. Registration; 7-8 p.m. Program

City Council Meeting Rooms, San Jose City Hall,
201 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose

$10 Commonwealth Club members; $15 non-members; students free
For reservations, please call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at www.commonwealthclub.org/sv.html

Co-Sponsored by: Knight Fellowship Program, Stanford University; Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter

• 4/20/06 - 4/23/06

Spring National Scholastic Journalism Convention

April 20-23, 2006
San Franciso Hilton

Journalism Education Association

In April, approximately 5,000 teenagers from around the country will gather at the San Francisco Hilton for a national high school journalism convention. (If you would like more information about this conference, please go to http://www.jea.org/workshops/spring06/sanfran06.html.)

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Monitoring the Bay Area's most popular news media:

Contra Costa Times

Knight Ridder

San Francisco Chronicle


San Jose Mercury News

Knight Ridder

KTVU, Oakland (FOX)

KTVU, Oakland (FOX)

KRON, San Francisco

KRON, San Francisco

KPIX, San Francisco (CBS)

KPIX, San Francisco (CBS)

KGO, San Francisco (ABC)

KGO, San Francisco (ABC)

KNTV, San Jose (NBC)

KNTV, San Jose (NBC)


Bay Area media advocates:

Media Alliance
Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism at SFSU
Maynard Institute
Youth Media Council
Project Censored
New California Media
Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter
National Writers Union Bay Area chapter

Site highlights


The three-part series follows the rise of three Bay Area handouts:
• Part 1: At free dailies, advertisers sometimes call the shots
• Part 2: Free daily papers: more local but often superficial
• Part 3: Free papers' growth threatens traditional news
• See also: SF Examiner and Independent agree to end payola restaurant reviews
• And: The free tabloid that wasn't: East Bay's aborted Daily Flash


Lou Alexander started a firestorm with his original guest commentary predicting the company would be sold. Several other experts on newspapers have weighed in:
Newspapers can't cut their way back into Wall Street investors' hearts, by Stephen R. Lacy; Alexander responds
Humbler profits won't encourage buyouts, by John Morton; Alexander responds
Newspapers can't maintain monopoly profits because they've lost their monopolies, by Philip Meyer
Knight Ridder in grave jeopardy, by Lou Alexander...


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The paradox of news: There's more news available and its cheaper than ever before, but fewer young people are interested. 5/12/05


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