A former ad executive for USA Today says it would be a "friggin' travesty" if the print edition of the newspaper dies. But USA Today editor-in-chief David Callaway said last week that the company could stop publishing a daily print newspaper as early as the next five or six years. What does that mean for the industry? In Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle has made some changes, but appears to be stable. We'll talk about how to keep a newspaper audience, how to reach younger readers, and whether cutting the print run days is a sign of shrewdness or weakness with D&C Executive Editor Karen Magnuson

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins us. He's traveled the globe, reporting on some of the most difficult challenges, from war to poverty to disease. We'll talk to him about we all can do our part to solve those problems, and we'll ask what he'd like the presidential candidates to talk about during campaign season.

Then we'll discuss how the media can do a more effective job in approaching the issues that Kristof discusses with Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College and Leah Stacy, communications professor at Nazareth College and editor-in-chief of 585 Magazine.

Are we now in the post-blog era? Andrew Sullivan, the most well read blogger in history, retired on Friday. Some have already declared this the turning point in blogs; they argue that blogs might still exist if they're specialized, but we're entered a different way of consuming media. Is that accurate? Our panel debates it:

  • Tom Belknap, longtime local blogger of DragonFlyEye
  • Doug J, pseudonym used by a Rochesterian who writes for Balloon Juice, a site that attracts 50,000 views a day
  • Leonard, also protecting his identity with first name only, who writes for Balloon Juice and his own site analyzing the 25th Congressional District
  • Leah Stacy, Nazareth professor who teaches about blogs and modern media

What do our media consuming habits say about us? The pejorative term is “binge watching,” and it refers to watching an entire season of a show in one setting. Or it could refer to watching the entire Star Wars series in a weekend, or reading the entire Harry Potter series in a short burst.

Nazareth College professor Lisa Perks has studied this phenomenon and she has just published a book about it, called "Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality". She believes there are positive aspects to it. But is it good for our health? How is media changing? Is appointment viewing dead? 

This hour, we cover two topics with the same guest. Justin Murphy from the Democrat & Chronicle joins us, he covered the activities that happened after the Puerto Rican Festival ended. First we will talk about the post-festival activities despite the efforts to keep them from happening. Then, we will discuss the methods Justin used to cover the activities as an example of how media outlets are expanding the ways they cover stories.

Need to Know Rochester: ROC ONE Teen Media Academy

Sep 4, 2012

One group of Rochester City School District students will be returning to class with a deeper understanding of how the media works. WXXI’s Carlet Cleare takes us inside the Roc One Media Academy, where students spent the summer writing stories and advertisements.