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Silicon Valley Talks: Technology and Journalism

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When Samuel Morse sent the first official telegram from the Supreme Court Chamber, he demonstrated this new media technology with the message, "What hath God wrought?" Journalists today, nearly 180 years later, might well ask the same question about technology's impact on their profession, and on the news business generally.  Please join us for a panel conversation about technology's impact hosted by the Silicon Valley Archives. Panelists Kara Swisher, Rich Jaroslovsky and Ken Doctor will speak with us about the successes and failures in journalism's adoption of new digital and media technologies.  The discussion will range across issues such as the fragmentation of audiences, the migration of advertising dollars and new models for news.

Kara Swisher is the country's foremost technology journalist. Among many other ventures, she is the longtime executive producer and host of the Code Conference, co-host of the popular "Pivot" podcast as well as the new interview podcast "On With Kara Swisher." She is a former reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, as well as a former New York Times columnist.

Rich Jaroslovsky (Stanford '75) is Vice President for Content & Chief Journalist of SmartNews, the global news-aggregation app. A former political writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, he was the founding managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, founded and was the first president of the Online News Association, and teaches a course in the history of online news at UC Berkeley.

Ken Doctor spent more than two decades at Knight-Ridder in key editorial and executive roles, and then became one of the nation's most authoritative and respected experts on the news industry as it struggled to adapt to the new digital world. Then in 2020, he decided to put his expertise to work by founding his own local-news enterprise, Lookout Local, and launched his first site, Lookout Santa Cruz.

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