The OECD is conducting a study on the Future of News to which this discussion session contributes.
Independent journalism and newspapers play an indispensable role in informing citizens. Yet currently the newsgathering and distribution process is undergoing deep changes. In OECD countries both the number of physical newspaper titles, their circulation and newspaper readership are in steady decline. Newspaper bankruptcies and layoffs have increased. At the same time, it has never been easier, quicker and cheaper to access news. Readers now also actively participate in the news creation, editing and dissemination process.
While it is clear that news gathering and distribution are deeply affected by these changes, it is less clear what online business models, partnerships and organisations will best support cost-intensive, public service-oriented news in the future. As evidenced in a number of OECD countries, these developments and questions are a matter of public interest.
Coverage of the event by the World Association of Newspapers / World Editors Forum (click here).
Eric Scherer, Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at Agence France-Presse
Thomas Crampton, Former correspondent for International Herald Tribune / The New York Times, now blogger and Asia Pacific Director of Digital Influence, Olgivy
Mark Hunter, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD Global investigative journalism network
Pierre Geslot, Strategic Anticipation/E-paper & Digitization , Orange, France Telecom
Eric Scherer is Director of Strategy and External Relations at Agence-France Presse (AFP). He has spent most of his career in OECD countries (USA, Japan) as a correspondent, editor-in-chief, regional director and president of the financial wire service AFX. He is the founder of and chief blogger at www.mediawatch.afp.com which has since 2007 chronicled the ongoing crisis in the media industry, and publishes a bi-annual report of global trends in new media. His new guide, entitled “La revolution numérique - Glossaire”, will be published in 2009.
Thomas Crampton is the Asia Pacific Director of Digital Influence, Olgivy. He worked as a correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times for more than a decade, reporting from five continents, writing a column on Asia and covering Asian politics, economics and culture. Prior to his most recent posting - feature writing from Paris on media and technology - he covered the 2004 US presidential election, reported on the 1997 Asian financial crisis from Thailand, the SARS outbreak from Hong Kong, the civil war in Sudan, rebel fighting in Sri Lanka, Taiwan’s largest earthquake, the 2004 US hurricanes and the Cannes Film Festival.
Mark Lee Hunter is an adjunct professor and Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, where he studies and teaches communication and media issues. Before joining INSEAD he worked in media sales, editing and as an investigative reporter. He has won six awards in the US for his investigations and studies of journalism. Since 2005 he has led a project on business models for new media in the Global Investigative Journalism Network, of which he is a founding member.
Pierre Geslot is heading E-paper and Digitization projects in Orange Strategic Anticipation department. After a first career in french national research as an economist dedicated to labor market issues, he refocused on high tech and joined Orange in 1999 to develop innovative projects.