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Conference Nov. 13-14 on Future of Journalism: Who Will Pay the Messengers?

A dramatic shift in the way Americans receive and use news and information, stimulated by the growing dominance of the Internet and other electronic media, has cut deeply into the circulation and advertising revenues of news media and their ability to gather and deliver the journalism on which our democracy depends.

These changes have prompted a search for new ways to support the work of the Fourth Estate. Yale Law School’s Knight Law and Media Program is inviting leading scholars, media leaders, journalists, faculty, students, and interested citizens to share their insights and to debate the topic during a two-day conference, "Journalism and the New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messengers?," at Yale Law School November 13-14, 2009.

Panels will begin by focusing on the topics, Who Uses the News and How? and Preserving Local Journalism, then turn to the underlying question, "Who Will Pay the Messengers?," by looking at The Quest for Pay Models, Publicly Owned and Operated Media, The Changing Ecology of News Media, Non-Profit and Foundation-Funded Models, and Direct and Indirect Government Subsidies. The final panel discussion will consider The View from the Newsroom.

The conference begins at 10 a.m. Friday with welcoming remarks by Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77 and Knight Law and Media Faculty Program Director Professor Jack Balkin. Jonathan Klein, president of CNN-USA, will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening. The conference concludes Saturday afternoon.

“We will meet at a pivotal moment as major news organizations, the Knight Commission on the News Needs of Communities, and government confront and shape decisions in response to the urgent need to sustain high value journalism,” said Stephen Nevas, executive director of the Knight Law and Media Program.

The conference is open to the public. There is no charge for Yale students and faculty. The registration fee for non-Yale students and scholars is $25; non-profits, government representatives and the public, $75; and corporations and trade associations, $225. Full details, the complete conference schedule, and required online registration are available on the conference website. For more information please contact

The Knight Law and Media Program, part of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, is generously supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.