348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Friday, July 19 2024.


 On Friday, July 19, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


While family-owned newspapers throughout the US have collapsed, The New York Times survives and continues to thrive. It remains an indispensable source of national and international news even in the digital age. How have five generations of the Ochs/Sulzberger family successfully navigated economic and political challenges where other great newspapers failed? What critical decisions were made; how did they respond to internal crises; and why have they been able to harness the online media sphere to their advantage? What does the future hold? Mr. Jones will discuss whether The Times can withstand the continued assertions that the media is biased and partisan and cannot be trusted. He will argue that The Times must remain true to the press’s core mission of fact-based reporting in the face of threats to the values afforded by the First Amendment as well as the breath-taking advances in technology such as Artificial Intelligence.

Presenter: Alex S. Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the newspaper industry for The New York Times for nine years. He is the author, with his late wife, Susan E. Tifft, of The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty and The Trust: The Private Powerful Family Behind the New York Times. He is also the author of the prescient book, Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy, published in 2009. From 2000 to 2015, Jones was the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. He was the founding host of On the Media first at WNYC and then at NPR from 1993 until 1997 and served as the executive editor and host of PBS’s Media Matters from 1996 to 2003.

Notes: Cancellation Policy Please let us know immediately if you are unable to attend a class. There is no refund for cancellations within two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled class. Programs that include food, beverage or art materials must be canceled within three (3) weeks prior to receive a refund. CLE reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment has not been met or for circumstances beyond our control, and participants will be notified, a complete refund will be issued. All classes are held in the CLE Lecture Hall at the Peggy Crosby Center unless otherwise noted. In the event information has changed from the published brochure, it will be posted on our website and in our e-blasts. Addresses for “private home” venues will be provided to registrants within 2 days of the program date.

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