First Things First: Is the Press Still Free?

Business of Broadcast

Mon. April 9

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Open to these pass holders:

Conference Flex Pass  

Journalism can be a successful engine of democracy when facts can be reported objectively without fear or favor. Yet, we now hear public claims of "fake news" and, in some cases, the media is threatened with revised libel laws or the revocation of broadcast licenses. All of this is taking place at a time when journalists and citizens have an unprecedented ability to reach a wide audience and ready access to policymakers' unfiltered viewpoints through social media. How do each of these conditions affect journalism? How should the media respond? Is freedom of the press being threatened or more expansive than ever before?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will give introductory remarks prior to the panel discussion.

Moderator:

Kathleen Kirby

Kathleen Kirby

Partner

Wiley Rein LLP

Panelist:

Katie Townsend

Katie Townsend

Litigation Director

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Panelist:

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights

New America

Panelist:

Scott Libin

Scott Libin

Senior Fellow, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications

University of Minnesota

Panelist:

Jerry Walsh

Jerry Walsh

Vice President, Local Content Development

Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Speaker:

The Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel

The Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner

Federal Communications Commission


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