Digital Journal presents the ‘Future of Media’

October 9th, 2009 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply » recently held an intimate and interactive panel discussion on the future of media. Speakers from five media outlets gathered in Toronto to discuss citizen journalism, business models and changes in mainstream media.

Digital Journal’s “Future of Media” panel took place Sept. 24 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto (see photos from the event here).

Speakers included Rachel Nixon, director of digital media at CBC News and former editor at NowPublic; Richard Mcilveen, producer of the local late-night CTV News and the tech trends segment Webmania; Keith McArthur, senior director of social media and digital communications for Rogers Communications; Tim Shore, founder of Toronto news site blogTO; and Chris Hogg, CEO of citizen journalism news network (full speaker bios here).

The standing room-only event was moderated by Managing Editor, David Silverberg. Discussion lasted for nearly two hours, including questions and answers submitted via Twitter and Facebook, as well as those posed by the audience.

More than a dozen attendees also walked away with some incredible door prizes from sponsors of the event, including:

• 5 Flip Video MinoHD camcorders fitted with a custom Digital Journal logo
• 3 GPS devices pre-loaded with special “Points of Interest” from
• 2 HP Mini 110 netbooks with embedded mobile broadband technology from Rogers
• 3 LaCinema Rugged 320GB portable multimedia hard drives from LaCie
• 1 Toshiba Satellite U500 notebook

Based on the success of’s inaugural panel discussion, the free event is scheduled to take place on a regular basis, twice a year.

The following are video segments from the evening. Rather than embedding the entire two-hour discussion in one video, we’ve broken up each video into topics below:

Part 1: How digital content is different than other media; Why relying on advertising revenue is not enough.

Part 2: How do news organizations produce more content with fewer resources? What are the strengths & weaknesses of the Web?

Part 3: Is news becoming more collaborative and involving the audience?

Part 4: Can user-generated content and citizen journalism be trusted? How do you get more people to engage on a website?

Part 5: What is the business model likely to emerge for user-generated news organizations? Does content that works online, work offline as well?

Part 6: What can newsrooms learn from the BBC? What do hyperlocal blogs do better than mainstream media? How should brands engage with people through social media?

Part 7: The impact of TV becoming more interactive; Reader loyalty in the era of the Internet; Citizen journalists’ role in a large-scale news event.

Part 8: Podcasting and the future of radio; Separating editorial and advertising; How citizen journalism can be verified

Part 9: Investigative journalism; Providing resources to citizen journalists; Protecting citizen journalists; Ethnic diversity in citizen journalism

Part 10: Social media’s impact on journalism; Does citizen journalism produce too much noise?

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