An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, 1980 to the present

A project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Archive for October, 2015

Riptide on the Road

With the launch of Riptide’s second essay by John Geddes, we went back out to talk about the project at a few events around the country. If we’re in your city, we’d love to see you.


Monday, October 26, 2015: Thanks to Boston University for hosting an event to probe more deeply into the theme of the latest addition to Riptide, the interviews that John Geddes recorded with the journalists who covered the digital revolution. We appreciated having four of those reporters – Hiawatha Bray, Denise Caruso, Philip Elmer-Dewitt and John Markkoff – join us at BU. Not to mention all the students and faculty who came with great questions and attended the reception that followed.

Thursday, May 28, 2015: Congratulations to John Huey on receiving the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers’ Association. As part of the program, the four of us (including John Geddes) discussed the findings of Riptide in a panel moderated by Andy Serwer, editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Finance. Thanks to NYFWA and CUNY School of Journalism for hosting us, and the engaged audience for a thoughtful discussion.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Thanks to the Twitter News Team for hosting us at Twitter HQ in San Francisco for a discussion of our Riptide project. Special thanks to Twitter Head of News Vivian Schiller for convening us and participating in the discussion. Also thanks to Will Hearst and Matt Mullenweg, two Riptide interviewees, for joining the conversation in person.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 : Thanks to Medill for hosting Paul for two discussions of our Riptide project, one in Chicago and one on the Evanston campus that included a chance to talk about the past and future of news with all of the current class of journalism graduate students. Special thanks to the McCormick Foundation for co-hosting the luncheon at their downtown headquarters with a terrific group of local news executives, including some from both the Tribune and the Sun-Times. Chicago is a great news town (and Paul’s hometown) where the effect of the riptide on the news business has been felt like a cold winter wind blowing in off Lake Michigan at full force!

Tuesday, September 24: Thanks to the Paley Center in New York for hosting us for a discussion of Riptide and a panel that included Riptide interviewees Henry Blodget, Caroline Little, Sir Martin Sorrell and Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

Thursday, September 19: Thanks to the M&E practice leaders at E&Y for hosting Paul in NYC for a discussion of the implications of Riptide on the future of news.

Sunday, September 15: A panel discussion in DC at the Newseum with: Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, former AOL senior executive Ted Leonsis, former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, and NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller. The event was open to the public with the purchase of a Newseum ticket and the video replay is now available. (Note: lighting in the Newseum studio improves about 10 minutes into the replay.)

Monday, September 9: Riptide launch event at Harvard Kennedy School. A panel discussion with three of our interview subjects: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Newspaper Association of America president and CEO Caroline Little, and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The event took place in the Kennedy School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. A video replay is available here.


Riptide Event at Boston University – October 26

Please join us at BU on Monday, October 26 at 5:30PM for a discussion of the Riptide project, including new interviews conducted by John Geddes, Ex-Managing Editor at The New York Times

We will hold two panels: One with the authors of the project; the other with four of the journalists who covered the changing business model of journalism over 30 years.

The Authors: John Geddes, John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz and Paul Sagan with Moderator Maria Barinska

The Journalists: Hiawatha Bray, Denise Caruso, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and John Markoff with Moderator John Geddes.

Location: The Trustee Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

Reception immediately following at 7PM

Riptide is an oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, 1980 to the present.