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Tomorrow: Michael Copps, Vivian Schiller, Susan Crawford to Keynote Free Press Summit

Event to highlight public interest policies on Internet, journalism and public media


The Free Press Summit: Changing Media in Washington, D.C., tomorrow will feature keynote speeches by Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps, Vivian Schiller, president of National Public Radio, and Susan Crawford of President Barack Obama's National Economic Council.

What: Free Press Summit: Changing Media
When: Tomorrow, May 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

: Newseum, 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

*** The Free Press Summit will be streamed live at

The one-day event will highlight the policies to reshape the future
of the Internet, journalism and public media. Free Press will also
release a new book, Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. The full agenda is included below.

9:45 a.m. Welcome to the Free Press Summit

  • Josh Silver, Free Press
  • Alberto Ibarguen, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

10:15 a.m. Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age

11:00 a.m. Morning Keynote

  • Michael J. Copps, Acting FCC Chairman

11:45 a.m. A View from the White House

  • Introduction: Tim Wu, Free Press
  • Susan Crawford, President Barack Obama's National Economic Council

12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion on Changing Media

  • Ray Suarez, The NewsHour (moderator)
  • Reed Hundt, Former FCC Chairman
  • Michael Powell, Former FCC Chairman
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Ben Scott, Free Press
  • Ram Shriram, Sherpalo Ventures

1:00 p.m. Interactive Discussion: The Future of the Internet

2:15 p.m. Afternoon Keynote

  • Introduction: Alexandra Russell, Free Press
  • Vivian Schiller, National Public Radio

2:30 p.m. Interactive Discussion: The Crisis in Journalism

3:30 p.m. Interactive Discussion: Public Media's Moment

4:45 p.m. Closing the Free Press Summit

For more information about the Free Press Summit: Changing Media, visit

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