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NPR CEO Schiller: ‘We Are Focusing on Building a Public Media Digital Platform’

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The final keynote at mediabistro’s UGCX conference was delivered by NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller. Schiller started off with some depressing stats and said, “We’ve never seen a time that is more chaotic” in the news business. Specifically, 11% of full-time newsroom jobs were cut in 2008, local TV news audience has fallen 12% in the last five years, and the public’s assessment of accuracy in news is at its lowest level in two decades.

“Wherever we end up, we will look back at this year, and say this is the year when everything changed,” she said, but quickly added, “there are incredible reasons to be cheerful. Out of the ashes is rising a new era of information where citizens will receive the information they need to be self governing and we will do it ways we can’t imagine.”

Schiller then laid out five “myths” in the media industry.

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On the Social Newsroom: ‘Crowds Typically Like Crap’

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Day two of mediabistro’s UGCX conference began today with the panel “The New Newsroom” moderated by “BBC World News America” executive producer Rome Hartman, and featuring Ground Report editor-in-chief Rachel Sterne, NowPublic co-founder Michael Meyers and Publish2 co-founder Scott Karp. The question at hand: how is social media, mobile, and user generated content changing the newsroom.

Hartman provided perhaps the most blunt comments when he stated,”You talk about the wisdom of crowds, but it’s a demonstrated fact that crowds typically like crap…what falls to the top is nonsense because people like water-skiing squirrels.”

The conversation wasn’t all negative. FishbowlNY has the complete recap.

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