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If you are interested in issues affecting Fairfax County and Virginia, we invite you to attend our next
dinner on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
How Will We Get the News?
Journalism and the News Media
in a Time of Rapid Change

Our Speakers:

Marty Baron
Executive Editor, The Washington Post

Shelby Coffey
Vice Chairman, Newseum

This is a time of turmoil and transition for journalism and the news business.

Print newspapers are in decline. Digital news sources are growing rapidly.

Yet, despite recent doom and gloom, there is a new level of energy in the news business with new technology, new types of news sources, new revenue streams, and new entrepreneurs and investors such as Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post.

Our speakers come to us with long and very distinguished careers in the news business.

Come hear them tell us how the times are changing and what lies in the future for journalism and for reporting and disseminating the news.

What has happened to the incredible shrinking newspaper?

Print journalism and newspapers have been in decline in recent years. Circulation has fallen. Advertising revenues have decreased rapidly. Content has been reduced. Staffs have been significantly reduced. Budgets have been slashed. Many daily newspapers have even reduced the size of their pages.

he large majority of people producing original reporting are still in the print newspaper industry, but those jobs are far from secure. Full-time professional newsroom employment has been declining in recent years.

So how will we get the news in the future?

The number of digital news outlets has grown rapidly. There are now nearly 500 digital news outlets, most created in the past half-dozen years. These sites employ roughly 5000 full-time professionals. 30 of these sites account for 3000 of these jobs. International news is a significant area of current investment.

So what do these rapid changes mean?

Will print newspapers survive? Can digital news sources take up the slack? Can news reporting remain neutral and unbiased under the new conditions? Will the young generation pay attention to the news? How will we get our news?


Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West
Vienna, VA 22180

Dinner Cost:
Members - $39
Non-Members - $49

Seating can only be guaranteed with advanced reservations

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Pre-Meeting Festivities: 7 - 7:30 PM
Dinner and Program:  7:30-9:30 PM

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Marty Baron, Executive Editor The Washington Post

Marty Baron

Executive Editor The Washington Post

Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees the Post’s print and digital news operations.

Mr. Baron brings to the Post outstanding capabilities and experience in a time of transition for the newspaper and the news media business.

Mr. Baron came to Post from The Boston Globe, where he had been editor since 2001. During his tenure, the Globe won six Pulitzer prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism.

Prior his tenure at the Globe, Mr. Baron held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Miami Herald. Under his leadership, The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.

Mr. Baron was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001 and Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 2004.

Mr. Baron began his journalism career at The Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. In 1979, he moved to The Los Angeles Times, where he held positions as business editor; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports, public opinion polling and special projects; and editor of the newspaper’s Orange County Edition.

In 1996, Mr. Baron moved to The New York Times. He became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He was named executive editor at The Miami Herald in early 2000.


Shelpy Coffey, Vice Chairman Newseum

Shelby Coffey

Vice Chairman, Newseum

Shelby Coffey III is currently a senior fellow of the Freedom Forum and a trustee at the Newseum. He brings to the Newseum his experience from a long and distinguished career in journalism and the news media.

Mr. Coffey came to the Newseum from CNN, where he was president of CNN Business News and CNNfn, a financial network.

Prior to joining CNN, Mr. Coffey served as executive vice president of ABC News with responsibilities for editorial standards and practices, online activities, cable program development, ABC News productions, and other editorial responsibilities.

From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Coffey was the editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times. During his tenure, the Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzer Prizes and was a finalist for the award 25 times. In 1995, the National Press Foundation named Mr. Coffey "Editor of the Year" in recognition of the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial.

Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Coffey was senior vice president and editor of the Dallas Times Herald and, earlier, was editor for U.S. News & World Report.

Mr. Coffey began his journalism career at The Washington Post as a sports reporter. During his 17 years there, he held a variety of editorial positions, including Style Section editor, deputy managing editor for features, and assistant managing editor for national news.

Mr. Coffey is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Press Institute, and he served on the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Among many other honors, Mr. Coffey received the Ida B. Wells Award in 1995 for exemplary achievement in the hiring and advancement of minorities in the news media.

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