THURSDAY, JULY 7 from 8:20 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET
Social media has profoundly reshaped American media over the last decade, roiling newsrooms and provoking bitter public debates about the nature of journalism itself.
Semafor’s first pre-launch event will convene both leading actors and commentators in the contemporary battle over the nature of news, and ask whether and how news can operate in a hyper-polarized landscape.
As trust in the news industry sinks to a new low, we’ll ask what comes next, and what we can do to reinvigorate the news industry. This is the first in a series of forums on the future of news sponsored by the Knight Foundation.
Semafor’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith will conduct 1:1 interviews with Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz, Politico’s John Harris and Tucker Carlson of Fox News. Carlson will be joining the program remotely.
Semafor’s executive editor Gina Chua will moderate a panel with journalist and author Wesley Lowery, WSJ ‘s former Washington executive editor Gerald Seib and host of Al Jazeera’s The Stream, Femi Oke.
- Tucker Carlson, host, Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOX News)
- John Harris, founding editor, Politico
- Taylor Lorenz, technology columnist, Washington Post
- Wesley Lowery, author and journalist
- Femi Oke, host, The Stream (Al Jazeera English)
- Gerald Seib, former Washington executive editor, Wall Street Journal
- Gina Chua, executive editor, Semafor
- Ben Smith, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Semafor
- Justin B. Smith, co-founder and CEO, Semafor
- Jim Brady, VP/journalism, Knight Foundation