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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission held a series of workshops to explore how the Internet has affected journalism. The event was free and open to the public. The workshop assembled representatives from print, online, broadcast and cable news organizations, academics, consumer advocates, bloggers, and other new media representatives.

Workshop Series:

  1. December 1-2, 2009
  2. March 9-10, 2009
  3. June 15, 2009

Updates regarding the workshops, including agendas and panelists will be posted on this webpage, or can be accessed via RSS Feed from this webpage. Questions about the workshops can be addressed to

If you need an accommodation related to a disability, please call Carrie McGlothin at 202-326-3388. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodations needed and a way to contact you if we need more information.

NOTE: Those planning to attend should arrive early as there is limited seating. The event will also be webcast.

  • March 9, 2010

    Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google; Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    Bob Garfield, Author, The Chaos Scenario; co-host, NPR’s On the Media
    William H. Clark, Jr., Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP; Counsel to B Lab
    Heerad Sabeti, Convening Trustee, Fourth Sector Network

    March 10, 2010

    Jesse M. Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Economics & Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
    Joel Waldfogel, Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor & Professor of Business & Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    David Blaszkowsky, Director, Office of Interactive Disclosure,Securities and Exchange Commission
    Noel Hidalgo, Director of Technology Innovation Office of the Chief Information Officer, New York State Senate
    J.H. Snider, President, Automating Conflict-Of-Interest Reporting
    Geoffrey Cowan, Professor, Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership,and Dean Emeritus, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
    Robert W. McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Co-Author, The Death and Life of American Journalism
    Stephen Nevas, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

  • Transcript - Files

  • Request for Comments

    The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments on issues related to the questions posed in the Federal Register Notice.  In addition, any interested person may submit written comments on any of the topics addressed during the workshops.

    Comments should refer to “News Media Workshop – Comment, Project No. P091200” and be submitted according to the instructions below.

    To File Electronically:

    Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted by using the following weblink: and following the instructions on the web-based form. 

    To File in Paper Form:

    A comment filed in paper form should include “News Media Workshop – Comment, Project No. P091200” both in the text and on the envelope, and mail or deliver two copies to the following address:

    Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary
    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Room H-135 (Annex F)
    Washington, DC 20580

    Because postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay, please consider submitting your comments in electronic form, as described above. The FTC requests that you send any comment by courier or overnight service, if possible.

    To Request Confidential Treatment:

    Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled “Confidential,” and must comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c).  Comments should not include any sensitive personal information, such as an individual’s Social Security Number; date of birth; driver’s license number or other state identification number or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number.  Comments also should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records and other individually identifiable health information.

FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register for events that require registration. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s Privacy Act system for public records and comprehensive privacy policy.

This event will be open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded.  By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.