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Malcolm Gladwell, Arianna Huffington, Norm Pearlstine, Jacob Weisberg & Michael Kinsley, moderator

When Slate launched in June 1996, online media was little more than a novelty. News now breaks first on the web; internet news sites are primary information sources for young (and not-so-young) readers. Online magazines like Slate and the blogs are driving and at times helping to shape political debate. Print newspapers and magazines are being reborn online. Podcasts, webcasts, texting, RSS feeds, and new technologies are continuing to change what journalism is and how we consume it.

In this forum, veterans of online journalism and observers will wrestle with the profound changes taking place in journalism.

Has online journalism weakened reporting and ethical standards?

Has the news cycle gotten too fast for its own good?

Will traditional media manage to survive in the age of new media?

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About Malcolm Gladwell:

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He is the author of two books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.





About Arianna Huffington:

Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of eleven books and co-founder and editor of the She is also co-host of Left, Right & Center, public radio's popular political roundtable program. Her weekly commentary is syndicated in newspapers across the country by Tribune Media Services. Her many books include On Becoming Love, Work, and Life, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America, and Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America.



About Michael Kinsley:

Michael Kinsley is the founding editor of Slate. He currently writes a column for both Slate and the Washington Post. He founded Slate in 1995 and was its editor for six years. For two decades he was associated with The New Republic, as its editor and as author of its "TRB From Washington" column. He was editor-in-chief of Harper's, editorial and opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times, editor of the American Survey department at The Economist, and managing editor of The Washington Monthly. He co-hosted CNN's Crossfire for six years, and also moderated William F. Buckley's Firing Line debates. Kinsley has written regular columns for The New Republic, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London.


About Norman Pearlstine:

Norman Pearlstine was editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the world's largest magazine publisher, from 1995 until the end of 2005. Mr. Pearlstine oversaw the editorial content of TIME, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style, Money, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. In 2004, the American Society of Magazine Editors gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into the Magazine Editors? Hall of Fame. Prior to joining Time Inc., Mr. Pearlstine worked with Dow Jones & Company, except for a two-year period when he was an executive editor at Forbes magazine. He was also managing and then executive editor of The Wall Street Journal. He is currently a senior advisor to Time, Inc., and is working on a book, Off the Record: The Use and Misuse of Anonymous Sources, to be published in 2007.


About Jacob Weisberg:

Jacob Weisberg is editor of Slate. He was previously Slate's chief political correspondent and the originator of its "Strange Bedfellow" and "Ballot Box" columns. Before joining Slate in 1996, he wrote about politics for magazines including the New Republic, Newsweek, and New York Magazine, and has written as well for Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine. He is the co-author, with Robert E. Rubin, of In an Uncertain World. He is also the author of In Defense of Government, the 2000 eBook The Road to Chadville, and the Bushisms series.