First, has President Obama capitulated by putting Social Security on the cutting block? What is the future of Social Security? [ dur: 13 mins. ]

  • Michael A. Hiltzik,   Financial Journalist for Los Angels Times,  author of “Plot against social security: How the Bush Plan is Endangering Our Financial Future”.

Then, in light of Koch brothers’ and Rupert Murdoch’s interest in the Tribune Company, we look at the fast changing world of journalism and media, and what it means for governance and democracy. [ dur: 45 mins ]

  • Tom Rosenstiel is an author, journalist, researcher and media critic and executive director of the American Press Institute. He is the author of, The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect, and Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload.

Scholars Circle Panel:

  • James T. Hamilton is Charles S. Sydnor Professor, Public Policy, Economics, and Political Science,and Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He is the author of, All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News, and Channeling Violence: The Economic Market for Violent Television Programming.
  • Victor Pickard is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of, Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, and was the lead author of the first comprehensive report on the American journalism crisis, Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy.
  • Ben Compaine is Director, Fellows Program at the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Lecturer,  D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. He is the author of, The Digital Divide, Who Owns the Media and The Internet Upheaval.

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