Public Broadcasting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


FRIDAY, AUG. 14 @ 1:15 TO 2:15 (PANEL/Q&A); 2:15 (WGBH TOUR)
Are you considering a career in public broadcasting? Not sure whether you should make the switch from commercial to non-profit journalism? Looking for freelance opportunities? In this session, you’ll hear an engaging discussion on the state of public broadcasting, which many consider the last bastion for quality and thoughtful journalism. Come hear about the latest “trends” in the industry across various platforms, the effort to bring more diversity into the system, ideas for finding funding, and the tools you’ll need to jumpstart your career. You’ll be inspired by our panel of experts, reporters and producers in the city that created journalism powerhouse WGBH. This forum is open to the public and AAJA convention attendees are invited to attend. This panel will be followed by a tour of WGBH following the discussion. NOTE: No shuttle service provided for this event.

Panelists scheduled to appear include:
Raney Aronson-Rath, Senior Producer, Frontline
Tom Ashbrook, Host, On Point
Jonathan Dyer, Managing Editor, The World
Stephen Gong, Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media
Arun Rath, Host, PBS Frontline Podcast and Correspondent, Sound Tracks
Sue Schardt, Executive Director, Association for Independents in Radio
Judith Vecchione, Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation

This community forum is free and open to journalists and non-journalists. The audience will be encouraged to engage with our panel throughout the session. We have a great line-up—see the list below. (AIR’s Sue Schardt is on the panel!)

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For more information, please contact forum organizer and moderator Thanh Tan from Idaho Public Television at or 208-841-8328. Please RSVP if you’re interested in taking the tour of WGBH.