“Ethical Journalism in Challenging times - Can the Newsrooms Survive?” Speaker: Rex Smith, Editor and Vice President of the Times Union
The digital revolution has upended America’s journalistic institutions, shattering the economic model that has sustained them for generations. This imperils the survival of the newsrooms that have provided the sort of watchdog reporting that the Founding Fathers considered essential to democracy’s progress. Left unclear is whether the so-called “journalism of verification” – the kind of careful reporting that we have come to depend upon as an antidote to the bias of talk radio, advertising and political propaganda – will even be recognized by news consumers in the new media environment. What lies ahead for real journalism? And what are the implications for those those work intersects with the mainstream news media, and depend upon its viability?
Rex Smith is Editor and Vice President of the Times Union. He has led the Albany newspaper since mid-2002 to national recognition for writing, reporting, photography and design, both in print and digitally. He is a former national correspondent and bureau chief for Newsday, and previously edited community newspapers in New York and Indiana. Earlier in his career, he was a congressional aide in Washington for four years and a television reporter and anchor in the metropolitan New York region.
Rex has received numerous professional citations and awards, including the Distinguished Service Award of the national Society of Professional Journalists, a Pulitzer Fellowship and a Rotary Fellowship. He is a graduate cum laude of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and received a master’s degree with highest honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Rex hosts a nationally syndicated weekly program, “The Media Project,” on Northeast Public Radio. He is currently chairman of the New York News Publishers Association and vice-president of the state Fair Trial/Free Press Conference, and is past president of the state editors association. He has been a national leader in efforts to build a news literacy curriculum in high schools and colleges.
He is in demand as a speaker and contest judge, and has twice been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.
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