Publishers and book store owners discuss whether digital publishing is signaling the end of print media. The average San Franciscan is more likely to get their media from a screen than from a paper, so it’s no surprise that newspapers and magazines are shutting down all around us; the editorial space and the way we consume news has changed. What will editorial look like years from now? Will curated content really be king? Can non-digital publications stay afloat? Leading digital experts will share their experiences, honest thoughts and predictions for the future of publishing."
Peter is the managing editor of TechCrunch.
Prior to his second stint with TechCrunch, Peter launched The Daily, the first major tablet-only daily publication from News Corp, and served as its technology editor.
Peter is the former technology editor at TIME Magazine and founder/editor of Techland.com.
Before joining TIME, Peter was a news editor at CrunchGear. His work has also appeared in Men's Journal, Vibe Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Wired.com and Men.Style.com, among others.
Clara Jeffery is editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, she was a senior editor of Harper’s magazine, where she worked for almost seven years. Seven pieces that she edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, and fiction.
Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. While at Harper’s, she also conceived and organized a series of public forums broadcast on WNYC. Previously, Jeffery worked at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, was a columnist, and frequently appeared on FOX-TV’s reporters’ roundtable on behalf of the paper.
Jeffery received an MSJ with honors from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Carleton College in 1989. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia.
CEO of Zite
Chris, a veteran journalist with more than 15 years of experience, heads up Mashable's editorial team. He oversees the development of reporters, while working closely with Mashable's editor-in-chief to select, develop and coordinate news coverage across the site.
Hailing from the U.K., Chris got his start working on a variety of national newspapers in London and Glasgow. He moved to the U.S. in 1996, and became senior news writer for Time.com a year later. In 2000, he was named San Francisco bureau chief for Time magazine. In the past five years, he has served as senior editor for Business 2.0, West Coast editor for Fortune Small Business and West Coast web editor for Fast Company.
Chris is a graduate of Merton College, Oxford and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a long-time volunteer at 826 Valencia, the nationwide after-school program co-founded by author Dave Eggers.
Laney Whitcanack is Federated Media Publishing's chief community officer. Prior to joining FM, Laney co-founded BigTent in 2006 and focused on innovating online and offline ways to connect people with communities they care about. She spent the decade previous to BigTent coaching and training hundreds of community leaders, in the U.S. and Mexico, most recently as the director of community programs for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
A published author and speaker on entrepreneurship and community organizing, Laney received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2008. She is currently a board member of Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum and The Princess Project and is involved in even more community groups after the birth of her daughter, Campbell, last year. Laney has a B.A. from UCLA, and MBA from the Simmons School of Management, and an Ed.M from Harvard University.
Zite CEO Mark Johnson, journalist Chris Taylor, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery, and Federated Media Publishing's chief community officer Laney Whitcanack discuss whether print media will survive in 10 years.
Traditionally, the selection, preparation, and distribution of printed matterincluding books, newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets. Contemporary publishing includes the production of materials in digital formats such as CD-ROMs, as well as materials created or adapted for electronic distribution. Publishing has evolved from small, ancient, and law- or religion-bound origins into a vast industry that disseminates every kind of information imaginable. In the modern sense of a copying industry supplying a lay readership, publishing began in Hellenistic Greece, in Rome, and in China. After paper reached the West from China in the 11th century, the central innovation in Western publishing was Johannes Gutenberg's invention of movable type. In the 19th and 20th centuries, technological advances, the rise of literacy and leisure, and ever-increasing information needs contributed to an unprecedented expansion of publishing. Contemporary challenges in publishing include attempts at censorship, copyright laws and plagiarism, royalties for authors and commissions for literary agents, competitive marketing techniques, pressures from advertisers affecting editorial independence, acquisition of independent publishing concerns by conglomerates, and the loss of readers to other media such as television and the Internet.