News Publishers Debate Journalism's Future Live at Aspen Summit

08/16/2009 04:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is American journalism in peril?

On August 16, leaders of the nation's most prominent media organizations will discuss the future of their profession in the leafy environs of Aspen, Colorado. The topic is a tricky one: how to fund responsible, public-serving journalism as media models crumble in the face of dwindling advertising and classified dollars, increased competition and changing audience behavior.

The format of the Aspen Institute event, 'Of the Press: Models for Preserving American Journalism,' is meant to facilitate straight, informal talk across industries, juxtaposing power brokers like Madeleine Albright with new media proponents like Jeff Jarvis. Participants include NPR President Vivian Schiller, Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, Google VP of Search and User Experience Marissa Mayer, and MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton. Gordon Crovitz, the former Wall Street Journal publisher now launching the much-publicized Journalism Online e-commerce venture with Steven Brill, will also be in attendance.

Collectively, the participants at this year's forum represent thousands of newspapers, radio stations and television channels--meaning the corridor conversations at the conference could translate to sweeping strategic changes in American media.

Part of the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society program helmed by Charlie Firestone, citizen journalism platform GroundReport will produce the live broadcast for the third consecutive year, powered by Livestream, at

Watch the event live August 17-19 starting at 10:45 AM EST every morning at Tune in for live chat and daily coverage by GroundReport CEO Rachel Sterne via GroundReport and Twitter.