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Restoring the Trust

Conference Program

A Wake Up Call

Can Trust and Quality Save Journalism?

An Interactive Conference for Journalists, Academics, and Citizen Activists

August 9, 2005

Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio

11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. – Registration

Will be wireless and blog friendly

12:00 – 12:15 Welcome– Leonard Witt/Cole Campbell

12:20 – 1:35 – The Wake Up Call

Is the Mass News Media in a Death Spiral? Can Trust, Quality Save It?

Moderator – Cole Campbell

Issue Introduction – Leonard Witt


  • Philip Meyer, UNC, author Vanishing Newspaper
  • Dori Maynard, the Maynard Institute

1:40 – 2:55 — Breaking Away from Main Stream Traditions

Will Nonprofits, New Technologies, Citizen Journalism Restore the Trust or Are They More Nails in the Coffin?

Moderator/Commentator – Jay Rosen


  • Neil Chase, Deputy Editor,
  • Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity and President, Fund for Independence in Journalism
  • Dan Gillmor, author We the Media, Grassroots Journalism, by the People, for the People

2:55 – 3:10 – Snack Break

3:10 – 4:15 – What Do You Mean Restore the Trust?

Have Groups Long Neglected by the Main Stream Media Now Found Their Own Voices?

Moderator: Alice A. Tait, Professor, Central Michigan University


  • George Cisneros, VuTure Art, Urban 15 Group, San Antonio
  • George White, UCLA Center for Communications and Community
  • Alejandro Manrique, Managing Director, Rumbo, San Antonio
  • Tino Duran, publisher, La Prensa, San Antonio

4:20 – 5:20 – Mass Media Meets Community and Niche Markets

Is the Roman Empire of Mass Media Disintegrating into Niche Media?

Moderator – Peggy Kuhr, Knight Chair, University of Kansas


  • Kendra Hurley, Editor, Youth Media Reporter,
  • Jock Lauterer, UNC, Community News
  • Brett Thacker, Managing Editor, San Antonio Express-News

6:15 - 7:15 - Dinner - Reserved Dinner Table  Discussions. Register for the conference, and your table now; first come, first serve. Each table is limited to seven registrars – Register, Pick Your Table Now

7:15 – 8:30  –

What the News Media Future Will Look Like

Dinner Panelists:

  • Craig Newmark, founder of
  • Bill Grueskin, Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal Online
  • Chris Nolan, Stand-Alone Journalist
  • David Gyimah, producer, journalist and senior lecturer at the University of Westminster

8:30 – 10:30  - Networking Reception, Mini Expo

Mini –Expo for Researchers, Teachers, Journalists and Citizen Activists to Meet Trust, Credibility Groups.

Enjoy a reception while circulating about to learn who is doing what to restore the trust and how they can help you and you can help them.

  • Neat Stuff Auction from play money accumulated by those people who spend some time learning at mini-expo trust tables.

Mini Expo Groups:

  • Media Bloggers Association
  • The Maynard Institute
  • Native American Journalists Association
  • Associated Press Managing Editors
  • Committee of Concerned Journalists
  • Online News Association
  • Poynter Institute
  • The ALANA Project
  • National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
  • NewsTrust
  • Current Project for Student Journalistm/The Stanford Daily
  • UCLA's Center for Communications and Community
  • Bayoshpere
  • Washington (state) News Council
  • University of Alabama Graduate Program/Anniston Star
  • Center for Public Integrity (display only)
  • Free Press (display-only)

All the sessions will be very interactive, with two people with microphones working the audience constantly. It will be wireless and open for blogging, vlogging, audiologs, podcasting, etc.

The late start is to accommodate people flying into the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual convention, which starts the next day in the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel on the San Antonio River Walk. Please note, lunch will not be provided.