Media shapes the way we see our world. News was once a nightly newscast for average Americans with a television set, but today it has become a 24/7 hub of information and constant updates -- thanks to news networks and the internet. And now, with innovations in social media, the broad public has a say in the conversation. With a panel of experts, we discussed whether increased access to news leads to public enlightenment or oversaturation. How has our world changed since the days of a three news network society, and has it changed for the better?
This discussion at New York University’s Washington D.C. campus considered how public participation has changed the American media market, the news we consume, and the news that is produced today.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a host/producer for HuffPost Live. Previously he launched, produced and was co-host on Al Jazeera English's award-winning social-media show, The Stream.
He has most recently worked for Doha Film Institute, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Times, and PBS Wide Angle. His work has been featured in FRONTLINE/World, TimeOut, Washington Week and other blogs.
He received his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he also taught New Media Skills as an adjunct professor, and his B.S. from Boston University. In 2008 he won a Webby Award for a multimedia project titled "Defining Middle Ground: The Next Generation of Muslim New Yorkers," along with two colleagues.
He is originally Palestinian, and grew up in California, Kuwait, Egypt and Vienna.
Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is also an MSNBC contributor, appearing regularly on Morning Joe and other dayside programs. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page from 2002 to 2005. He worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City, he was a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of the Daily News editorial board from 1993 to 2000. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Follow him on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Evan McMorris-Santoro is BuzzFeed's White House reporter. He covered politics and elections at Talking Points Memo from 2009 to 2013 and served as the organization's national political reporter. He also covered the 2008 and 2009 elections at National Journal's Hotline after working as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina and Tennessee. Evan was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Evan has appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN and others.
Liz Sidoti is the political editor in Washington for The Associated Press. She led AP’s coverage of the historic 2008 presidential contest. In her current role, she leads a team of political reporters in Washington and guides national coverage by AP's network of journalists in every state capital. A former Ohio statehouse reporter for the AP, she’s responsible for leveraging that unique 50-state resource to ensure the AP breaks political news, conveys the electorate's changing mood and explains issues that matter to voters. Above all, she will ensure that the AP provides clarity during an election that will affect every American. She has covered national politics for the AP since 2003. She was named chief national political writer in 2009, becoming the AP's lead reporter covering national campaigns while tracking political trends in federal, state and local governments and in the country at large. She is a veteran of two presidential campaigns—in 2004 and 2008—and two midterm congressional campaigns—in 2006 and 2010. She was a White House reporter for the AP covering President Barack Obama's first six months in office, and also spent 18 months reporting from Congress on national security and foreign affairs issues. She joined the AP in Cincinnati in 1999, and spent four years covering the Ohio Statehouse and politics. Prior to AP, she did reporting stints at The Columbus Dispatch, The Repository in Canton, Ohio, and the Record-Courier in Portage County, Ohio. A native of Kent, Ohio, Sidoti has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Yvonne Latty is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the Institute. She is currently producing and directing a feature-length documentary on the effects of uranium contamination in Navajo Nation.
Latty is the author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive (Polipoint Press 2006) and the critically acclaimed We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq (Harper Collins/Amistad 2004).
She worked for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years where she was an award winning reporter specializing in urban issues. Latty was featured in two History Channel's Documentaries, Honor Deferred and the Emmy award winner A Distant Shore: African Americans at D-Day.
Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BFA in Film/Television and later an MA in Journalism from New York University.
Her nonfiction short stories have been published in It's A Girl:Women Writers On Raising Daughters, (Seal 2006) The African American History Bibliography (Oxford Press 2008) and Callaloo, the premier African-American literary magazine.
In Conflict was turned into a theater piece that premiered at Temple University in October 2007, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was awarded The Fringe First Award. In Conflict played Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater. In Conflict was also at the heart of a Wilton, Conn. high school play that after being banned by the school principal, became an international story and was then performed in several Off- Broadway theaters, including The Public Theater.
Both plays were published by Playscripts in June 2008.
Latty is a Dart Fellow for Journalism and Trauma and a Leeway Foundation Fellow. She has lectured nationally.
Her work has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, BET.com, The Washington Post and numerous other media outlets. She has been featured in over 100 media outlets including, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, CNN International, Fox News, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press.