NEW YORK, March 10, 2011—The New School and ProPublica present "Long-Form Storytelling in a Short-Attention-Span World," a panel discussion among today's leading journalists to answer the question, "Will long-form stories go unread in a generation that relies on 140 characters to get their news?"
The event, which draws on The New School's tradition of interrogating social change as it happens and ProPublica's nonprofit, investigative journalism model, will feature top long-form journalists from radio, television, print and online media, including:
Ira Glass | Host and Producer, This American Life
David Remnick | Editor, The New Yorker
Raney Aronson-Rath | Series Senior Producer, Frontline
Stephen Engelberg | Managing Editor, ProPublica
and moderated by Alison Stewart | Co-Anchor, Need To Know
The event will be streamed live online here. People in attendance or watching online may participate by asking questions via Twitter (@propublica, #LFSA) and email (email@example.com).
"Long-Form Storytelling in a Short-Attention-Span World" brings together the leaders of non-fiction storytelling across all media. With This American Life, Ira Glass launched a new age of radio broadcasting, emphasizing in-depth, highly personalized examinations of topics from the war in Iraq to high school proms. Since 1998, David Remnick has served as editor of The New Yorker, the legendary journal of culture and politics. In addition to her work as Senior Producer for PBS's long-running documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath led an exploration of new media with 2010's multiplatform program Digital Nation. As Managing Editor of ProPublica, Stephen Engelberg is leading a new wave of nonprofit, investigative journalism that resulted in his newsroom being the first-ever online organization to win the Pulitzer Prize. And moderator Alison Stewart has worked to bring intelligent reporting to outlets from MTV to NPR to PBS.
"Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have not only transformed the way we see the world—they've transformed the world itself, accelerating the pace of change while limiting our patience for long content," said David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for General Studies and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. "With this event, The New School continues its legacy of promoting cutting-edge and socially conscious writing, narrative, and journalism, by asking how in-depth, compelling journalism can still make a difference."
"We're very pleased to have these leaders of journalism joining us for this important discussion," said Richard Tofel, ProPublica General Manager. "ProPublica has partnered with each of the news organizations represented on this panel and we're excited to develop with them valuable new methods of getting long-form stories told and published."
"Long-Form Storytelling in a Short-Attention-Span World" takes place on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The New School's Tishman Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. You may RSVP by calling 212-229-5353 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, but please note an RSVP does not reserve a seat for the event. All seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be overflow seating, if needed, as well as a live web-feed.
About The New School
Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, The New School is a center of academic excellence where intellectual and artistic freedoms thrive. More than 10,200 matriculated students and 6,400 continuing education students enjoy a disciplined education supported by small class sizes, superior resources, and renowned working faculty members who practice what they teach. The New School is comprised of The New School for General Studies, The New School for Social Research, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. For more information, please visit http://www.newschool.edu.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. In 2010, it was the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize. ProPublica is supported by philanthropy and provides the articles it produces, free of charge, both through its own website and to leading news organizations selected with an eye toward maximizing the impact of each article. For more information, please visit http://www.propublica.org and follow us on Twitter (@ProPublica).