Public Media Futures forum to discuss online and mobile news and tech issues

By Dru Sefton

The fourth in a series of Public Media Futures forums exploring the next steps for public broadcasting will be streamed live from San Francisco from 8 a.m. to noon Pacific Time Thursday (Sept. 20). This meeting will focus on new research on the future of news, information and public-service media online and on mobile devices, with special attention to the technological requirements for pubcasters’ objectives over the next five years.

The more than 30 participants include Kinsey Wilson, chief content officer, NPR; Carol Varney, managing director, Bay Area Video Coalition; Olivia Ma, news and politics manager, YouTube; Chris Satullo, news director, WHYY; Brant Houston, chair, Investigative News Network; Linda Fantin, director of network journalism, American Public Media; and Stephen Engleberg, managing editor, ProPublica.

Co-sponsoring the gathering are USC Center for Communication Leadership and Policy, American University School of Communication (where Current is an independent journalism center) and Media Impact Funders (formerly Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media). Click here to access the stream, which goes live on Thursday. Viewers will be able to ask questions online, and the meeting will be archived for viewing at a later date.

The forums kicked off in January, background here.

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