We are into the whirlwind break out sessions, and I am sitting at the first one.
The discussion, led by Ann Peters of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is about how to get more high school students and college students interested in international stories and coverage, particularly at a time when media outlets are cutting back on global coverage and their international bureaus.
Huffington Post’s Steve Brant says, “one of the reasons why journalism is in trouble because it’s misreporting things.” Bottom line: they cover the bad things, but what about the good news and a better balance?
Patricia Jane Berg, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is here at the conference to get more material for her classes.
John Boyer, executive director of oneblue.org asks if anyone has seen Frontline’s story about Pakistan. “All it focused on was the Taliban, it was real brave reporting, but a real downer,” he says. “We really live in this Rashoumon world, as Americans we’re just focus on how we’re going to get out of Taliban.”
“I think the hard part is how do you fill in the other parts that the news media doesn’t cover,” Boyer says.
Amy Korzick Garmer of The Aspen Institute says, in a global society and economy the key is to connect with reporters overseas, to develop sources etc. She notes that U.S. nws outlets are “shooting themselves in the foot” when cutting back on international coverage.
Okay, am headed to breakout session #2.