The Washington News Council and the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington sponsored two forums, on May 10 and May 12, on the topic of “Consuming News in the Age of Blogs.” About 50 people attended each of the events, including a diverse mix of local journalists, bloggers, academics and interested citizens. Each forum featured a hypothetical scenario concerning the news media and homeland security, followed by a showing of the “EPIC” online film clip, and a discussion of “How Do We Get the News We Need?” WNC Vice President Stephen Silha and the Evans School’s David Messerschmidt moderated the May 10 event. WNC Member Cindy Zehnder, president of TVW, and WNC Executive Director John Hamer moderated the May 12 event. participants plan to stay in touch through continuing online discussions and networking. The event was part of a nationwide “Preview Forum” series sponsored by Roundtable Media Inc., of Boston. Lisa Berk of Roundtable attended the May 12 forum, along with Chuck Olsen, producer of “Blogumentary.”
Washington News Council President Cyrus Krohn, executive producer of MSN Video and former publisher of Slate.com magazine, was one of four media leaders who discussed how Seattle can sustain its publishing creativity, plus national and international publishing trends. On the May 4 panel with Krohn were: Frank Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times and leading critic of media consolidation; Charles Wright, founder of the new, for-profit Wave Press, publishing contemporary poetry books for a national market; and Jane Levine, former ad director for Seattle Weekly and former publishing director for Chicago Reader, a leading alternative weekly. David Brewster of Town Hall, founding editor of Seattle Weekly, was moderator.