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On NYC Panel Tonight: Brave New World of Media, Journalism

So yesterday I watched my daughter Emily’s graduation from The Journalism School at Columbia University. Tonight I am on a panel here in New York City to help freelancers understand their future and the future of journalism. Here is more information:

May 21, 2009
Brave New World of Media and Journalism

Struggling for a foothold in today’s shifting media landscape? ASJA’s May 21 program — Brave New World of Media and Journalism — can help. Learn how to tap into the non-profit world, scope out future demand, and leverage social networks and niche writing to get to the cutting edge and stay there. Get the inside scoop on the Huffington Post’s new freelance-friendly online investigative journalism venture!

Moderator: Christine Heinrichs is an award-winning journalist and author of two books on raising traditional-breed poultry in small flocks. She now focuses her work on sustainable agriculture issues. She organized Healthy Food Shed tours for the last two annual meetings of the Society of Environmental Journalists and was an Environmental Journalism Fellow at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in 2007.


Rene Ebersole is features editor at Audubon magazine and author of Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder. In addition to Audubon, her work has appeared in a diverse range of publications, including National Wildlife magazine, where she served as senior editor, Popular Mechanics, and National Geographic Explorer. She has also taught journalism at NYU’s Science, Health and Environment Reporting Program and at other universities.

Judy Martin is an Emmy-award winning radio, television and print journalist, speaker, work/life pundit and founder of Among her accolades: The National Press Foundation Economic Fellowship and Associated Press Club Award. Her work has aired on Marketplace Report, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She also anchors at News 12 Long Island. Her written work has appeared in numerous publications and websites including, where she writes the National Work/Life column.

Nick Penniman is executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. He is also the founder and executive director of the American News Project. Previously, he served as Washington director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of the Washington Monthly, editor of, program director of the Campaign for America’s Future, associate editor of the American Prospect, director of the Alliance for Democracy and editor of the Lincoln Journal.

Brian Reich is director of Community and Partnerships for iFOCOS, a non-profit media think tank and futures lab. He is also Managing Editor of, a site providing commentary and analysis on media-related issues, and editor of Thinking About Media (, as well as a Principal at the internet and online communications firm, EchoDitto ( He served as Vice President Al Gore’s briefing director in the White House and during Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and is a frequent writer and speaker on the impact of the internet and technology on politics, society and the media.

Leonard Witt holds the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Journalism, which seeks to advance research aimed at discovering innovative ways to produce financially sustainable, high quality and ethically sound journalism. A journalist for more than 25 years, he is a former editor of the Sunday Magazine at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Monthly and the former executive director of the Minnesota Public Radio Civic Journalism Initiative.

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) Eastern

Place: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Room 308, 219 West 40th Street.

Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; $5 for students. Sandwiches, soft drinks and desserts included in the price of admission. Sign up early — space is limited.

One Response to “On NYC Panel Tonight: Brave New World of Media, Journalism”

  1. Peg Achterman Says:

    Hi Len – congrats on the graduation! Any chance the panel will be put up on a pod/vodcast in the next few days/weeks?

    Could you let us know if “yes?”