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March 19, 2021

The Press that Citizens Need

What kind of journalism do we need to support our democratic government?  Who structures our public democratic conversation?

Penny Abernathy, Visiting Professor, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Knight Chair Emeritus, University of North Carolina

Letrell Crittenden, PhD, Program Director, Communication Program and Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Jay Rosen, Associate Professor/Studio 20, Director, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Ben Smith, Media Columnist, The New York Times

Moderator:  Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

Relevant episodes of Media Apocalypse :

Episode 9: Penelope Muse Abernathy on News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers

Episode 10: Jasmine McNealy on Amplifying Otherness

Episode 7: Jay Rosen on Journalism's Agenda

Episode 13: Ben Smith on the Future of Digital News


Frenemies of the Press

The impact of social media on the press; how social media alters, impedes, undermines and/or supports the press.                                                                                                                                                             

Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Olivier Sylvain, Professor of Law, Fordham School of Law

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies, Director of the Center of Media and Citizenship, University of Virginia

Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor public policy, communication, and information, Director of the UMass Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure, University of Massachusetts

Moderator:  Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law, St John’s University School of Law


Relevant Episodes of Media Apocalypse:

Episode 2: Jack Balkin on Fixing Social Media

Episode 16: Yochai Benkler on Disinformation & Radicalization in American Politics

Episode 12: Olivier Sylvain on Algorithms and Reforming Social Media

Episode 11: Siva Vaidhyanathan on Social Media and the Press Function


Structural Fixes to Protect and Enhance the Press, PART I

Antitrust, tax, nonprofit entities, government funding, data privacy regulation, regulation of social media and search engines, and other potential options for supporting and enhancing press functions and institutions.

Jay Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication, Chair, Department of Communication; Director, Stanford Journalism Program, Stanford University

Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean and Judge C.S. Leedy Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford 

Moderator:  Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale Law School

Relevant episodes of Media Apocalypse:

Episode 14: Jay Hamilton on Computational Journalism

Episode 8: Natali Helberger on News Recommendation Systems

Episode 15: Jameel Jaffer on Social Media Litigation

Episode 6: Jeremy Katz and Robert Davis on Digital Advertising

Episode 5: Martha Minow on the First Amendment and Saving the News

Episode 3: Rasmus Kleis Nielsen on Public Support for the Media

Episode 4: Rasmus Kleis Nielsen on the State of Digital News

Episode 1: Victor Picard on the Public Opinion for Journalism


March 20, 2021

Structural Fixes to Protect and Enhance the Press, PART II

Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Lina Khan, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Steve Waldman, President and Co-Founder of Report for America

Moderator:  Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale Law School

Relevant episodes of Media Apocalypse:

Episode 18: Emily Bell

Episode 17: Steve Waldman on Saving Local News


Interpreting the Press Clause

Why and what should be the press clause’s role? How should it be interpreted? What role might it play in addressing the current crisis? How should it be employed in the new media era?

Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Sonja West, Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Moderator:  RonNell Andersen Jones, Lee. E. Teitelbaum Endowed Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law


Who is “the Press?”

How do we identify the entities that are now performing the core press functions? What are the benefits and drawbacks of broader or narrower definitions of “the press”? Who and what are we mobilizing to protect?

Amy Gajda, The Class of 1937 Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School

Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School   

David Schulz, Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Researcher Scholar in Law, Yale Law School

Moderator: Sandra Baron, Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow,

Yale Law School


This conference is made possible by generous support received from The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund