Charlottesville–Right Now: UVA Professor of Media Studies Bruce Williams joins Coy Barefoot

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Nov 172010
 

11.17.10 Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at UVA Bruce Williams joins Coy to discuss the state of journalism today as compared to the press of old. The conversation addresses the death of real news in favor of opinion, the exciting new developments in information technology, the increase in concentration and conglomeration, and the declining revenue streams media outlets are facing. Listen to all of the expert reflections, here.

Jan 142010
 

News media across the country are collapsing. After recent staff cuts, furloughs and the shutdown of local printing for the Daily Progress, will Media General be doing more downsizing? Can we support four TV stations? Two weeklies? Will blogs replace all of them? What about the partnership between the non-profit Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Daily Progress, being watched nationally as a possible future model for local news?

That topic was the subject of a Left of Center forum jointly sponsored with cvillenews.com. The event is moderated by site founder Waldo Jaquith.

University of Virginia media studies professor Bruce Williams began with a historical overview of how changing “media regimes” in the U.S. have impacted political communication and civil society, and how the recent ‘broadcast era’ may have been an anomaly in the larger sweep of American history.

Then the event continues with a panel discussion with Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Sean Tubbs, Daily Progress assistant city editor Josh Barney, and Hook editor Hawes Spencer, with moderator Waldo Jaquith, editor of cvillenews.com and Left of Center steering committee member.