Community/Convergence
Oreskes: Democracy's 'Midlife Crisis'

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International Herald Tribune Executive Editor Michael Oreskes said today that going to journalism conferences in recent years is "like attending a wake for someone who's not quite dead."

Oreskes said he thinks "the future of journalism is bright," but he warned that as more and more people produce niche -- or "vertical" -- content on the Internet, democracy gets weaker and weaker.

He called it the "the midlife crisis of democracy."

Democracy, he said, allows people to live together despite their differences. But that principle is compromised as people splinter into more narrowly focused groups, he said.

"Verticals are still vital, but opposite to democracy," he said. "We as journalists must build communities that are broad, not just deep."

Oreskes also urged online journalists to hang on to the values of traditional journalism.

-- Nicole Mooradian



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Oct. 19, 2007 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Discussion Groups (Sponsored by AFP) 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: The Cutting Edge of Online Data 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Finding Your Voice Online 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Business Workshop: Leading the 21st Century Newsroom 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: General Session: Membership Meeting 10:45 a.m. - Education Members Meeting, Expanding ONA's educational offerings, Dominion Ballroom 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m: Keynote: Michael Oreskes, International Herald Tribune 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Lunch on Your Own (Box lunch sponosred by CBSNews.com) 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Broadcaster Strategies for the Web 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating Multimedia in Storytelling 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Business Workshop: Legal Panel 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Revamping Your Curriculum for Online Journalism 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating User-Generated Content 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Business Workshop: Advertising 2.0 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Coffee Break (Sponsored by Pluck) 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Journalism Next: Impact of Aggregators, Blogging and Social Networking on the Industry 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Reception sponsored by CBC.ca 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Awards banquet


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