Millennials and News Summit:

The Real Challenge to the Future of Journalism and Journalism Education

Summit occurred on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LBJ Room (CMA Room 5.160) in the College of Communication

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Journalism Schools & Millennials

What, if anything, should journalism schools be teaching about Millennials?

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Millennials’ News Coverage

What’s your opinion of news coverage of Millennials? What specific recommendations do you have for improving news coverage?

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This Year’s Summit

What do you think of the Millennials and News Summit? What, if anything, did you find surprising? What, if anything, did you agree or disagree with?

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Complete schedule of events:

8:45 – 9:00: Why a summit on Millennials and news
Paula Poindexter, UT journalism professor and summit organizer
Welcome from the Director of UT School of Journalism
Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize winner; former Washington Post editor and foreign correspondent

9:00 – 9:30: The domino effect when the youngest generation of adults is uninformed
Peter Levine, Director, Circle (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement), Tufts University, Medford, MA
Tod Robberson, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner; editorial writer, The Dallas Morning News

9:30 – 10:15: What research tells us about Millennials
Sandy Woodcock, Director, Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Arlington Virginia
Amy Zerba, expert on young adults and news; former producer CNN Online; University of Florida journalism professor
Peter Levine, Circle, Tufts University

10:15 – 11:00: Cultivating Millennial news consumers and civic learners and participants: obstacles and opportunities
Tod Robberson, Dallas Morning News
Sandy Woodcock, Newspaper Association of America Foundation
Peter Levine, Tufts University
Amy Zerba, University of Florida

11:00 – 12:00: Millennial voices in the new media landscape
College students express views on news: what’s right; what’s wrong.

Jena Cuellar
Thu Pham
James Whitely
Ashley Jennings
Doug Luippold

12:00 – 1:15: Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:00: Views from Teachers of Wave II Millennials
Paige Hert, Canyon Vista Middle School
Laurie Humphries, Cedar Valley Middle School
Philip Powell, Wiley Middle School

2:00 – 3:00: Town Hall with Journalists, Media and Foundation Leaders, Educators, and Millennials
If Millennials become an endangered generation of news consumers, are the news media, journalism schools, and our democracy next in line? What’s the game plan to thwart this possibility?

Patti Smith, President and General Manager, KVUE-TV (ABC Affiliate)
Tim Lott, VP, Audience Strategy, Austin American-Statesman
Ken Whalen, Executive Vice President, TDNA (Texas Daily Newspaper Association)
Kevin Benz, News Director, News 8 Austin
Emily Donohue, News Director, KUT Radio 90.5
Talia Stroud, Asst. Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
Wanda Cash, Associate Director, UT School of Journalism
Tracy Dahlby, Founder, Reporting Texas, UT School of Journalism
Jacie Yang, Texas State Journalism Professor and Smartphones & News Consumption Expert
Omar Gallaga, Statesman Tech Culture Journalist; Contributor, NPR’s All Tech Considered
Elise Hu, Texas Tribune political reporter who focuses on multimedia projects.

Door Prizes

Follow along with the Millennials and News Summit on Twitter with the #milnews hashtag. (Go to and type in #milnews to see what people are saying about the Summit. If you are inspired to tweet, just include #milnews so you can be part of the conversation.)

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