Events

Free Market, Free Press?

General Programming

November 17, 2012 Saturday, 8:30am–5:00pm EST The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • The Poliak Fund at the Graduate School of Journalism
  • The University Seminar on Theory and History of the Media
  • The Committee on Global Thought
Organizers
  • Richard R. John, Columbia University
  • Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, University of Oxford
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry

“Free Market, Free Press? The Political Economy of News Reporting in the Anglo-American World since 1688” brings together a distinguished group of historians and media scholars to chart the evolution of the news business in two of the most important media markets: the United Kingdom and the United States. Coverage of the current economic crisis in the news business raises many questions about its history. How was news reporting funded in the past? To what extent was its funding contingent on institutional arrangements that no longer exist? To what extent has its funding been sustained by institutional arrangements other than market demand? These questions inform the nine papers that will be presented and discussed during our 17 November conference.

Program

November 17, 2012  Saturday

8:30am - 9:00am EDT

Morning Coffee and Opening Remarks

9:00am - 11:00am EDT

The Political Economy of News, 1688-1836
Chair and Commentator

Brooke Kroeger

Professor

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

“Making News in the Early Modern Atlantic World”

Will Slauter

maître de conférences

Université Paris Diderot

“Two Countries, Two Presses: Making News in the Age of Revolutions” (co-author)

Victoria Gardner

Lecturer in Modern British History

Manchester University

“Two Countries, Two Presses: Making News in the Age of Revolutions” (co-author)

Joseph M. Adelman

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department

Framingham State University

"The News of Democratization and the Democratization of News: The Early-Nineteenth-Century Press"

Jeffrey L. Pasley

Associate Professor

University of Missouri

11:00am - 11:15am EDT

Coffee Break

11:15am - 1:00pm EDT

The Political Economy of News, 1836-1920
Chair and Commentator

Andie Tucher

Professor of Journalism and Director of the Communications Ph.D. Program

Columbia University

“The Victorian City and the Urban Newspaper”

David Paul Nord

Professor, School of Journalism and Adjunct Professor, Department of History

Indiana University

"The Economics of News in the Anglo-American Imperial Press, 1836-1925"

James R. Brennan

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Lunch

2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

The Political Economy of News in the Interwar Period
Chair and Commentator

Martin Conboy

Professor of Journalism History

University of Sheffield

"Protecting News in an Interconnected World"

Heidi J. S. Tworek

Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department

Harvard University

"Broadcasting Journalism, Across the Atlantic"

Michael Stamm

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

3:15pm - 3:30pm EDT

Coffee Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT

The Political Economy of News Since the Second World War
Chair and Commentator

Michael Schudson

Professor, School of Journalism

Columbia University

"The Political Economy of American Journalism, 1945-2012"

James L. Baughman

Fetzer-Bascom Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Wisconsin- Madison

“Struggles to Protect the Economic Value of News in the Twenty-First Century”

Robert G. Picard

Professor

Oxford University

4:45pm - 5:00pm EDT

Final Discussion
Discussant

Richard R. John

Professor, School of Journalism

Columbia University

Discussant

Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb

Senior Lecturer in History

Keble College, Oxford

Participants
  • Joseph M. Adelman Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department Framingham State University
  • James L. Baughman Fetzer-Bascom Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • James R. Brennan Assistant Professor University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Martin Conboy Professor of Journalism History University of Sheffield
  • Victoria Gardner Lecturer in Modern British History Manchester University
  • Richard R. John Professor, School of Journalism Columbia University
  • Brooke Kroeger Professor Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
  • David Paul Nord Professor, School of Journalism and Adjunct Professor, Department of History Indiana University
  • Jeffrey L. Pasley Associate Professor University of Missouri
  • Robert G. Picard Professor Oxford University
  • Michael Schudson Professor, School of Journalism Columbia University
  • Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb Senior Lecturer in History Keble College, Oxford
  • Will Slauter maître de conférences Université Paris Diderot
  • Michael Stamm Assistant Professor Michigan State University
  • Andie Tucher Professor of Journalism and Director of the Communications Ph.D. Program Columbia University
  • Heidi J. S. Tworek Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department Harvard University