Digital Journalism – Ann Arbor Ad Club

Ann Arbor Ad Club is proud to present this member’s only event October 28 at starting at 5:30 PM being hosted at Google Ann Arbor.  Must sign up before Noon on Tuesday. Must bring NDA with you to the event.  To register for the event – click here – if you are not a member yet this would be the time to join – click here.

William E. Schmidt, Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times, will talk broadly about the challenges that the new digital age poses to journalism, and what those challenges mean for The New York Times. As an institution founded on the notion of enhancing society — it is part of The Times mission statement — the news organization is navigating a treacherous passage, trying to sustain their commitment to quality journalism in a period when readers and advertisers are less willing to pay for the news they consume on the web and wireless platforms.

There are more questions than answers, and faith in media — like government — is at low ebb. Yet it is also a time when consumers have access to more information and more content than ever before, even if much of it is untrustworthy. How does The Times move forward, as a business? What is it doing to innovate and adapt to the changing digital landscape, in order to survive? And what must endure, if The Times is gong to be true to its vision of itself as a reliable, responsible witness to an increasingly complicated and increasingly polarized world. William Schmidt will cover these topics and more during his presentation, “Journalism in the Digital Age: What It Means for The New York Times”.


WILLIAM E. SCHMIDT – Deputy Managing Editor William E. Schmidt is deputy managing editor at The New York Times, a position to which he was named in December 2008. In this role, Mr. Schmidt oversees administrative and policy matters in The Times newsroom, including standards and ethics. His brief also includes responsibility for newsroom personnel, budgeting and labor issues.

Mr. Schmidt has been a member of senior management in the newsroom since March 1997, when he was named an associate managing editor in charge of news administration. From July 2005 until December 2008, he held the title of assistant managing editor.

Mr. Schmidt joined The Times in February 1981, and spent most of his career as a Times correspondent in bureaus outside New York, including Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. From 1991 to 1995, he was the newspaper’s London correspondent, writing from the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans as well as the United Kingdom.

In 1995, he was assigned to New York as deputy national editor, where he helped direct The Times coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 Presidential campaign.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Schmidt worked for Newsweek for eight years as a foreign and national correspondent. He was the magazine’s bureau chief in Moscow, Cairo and Miami. He also served as a correspondent in Newsweek’s Chicago bureau. From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Schmidt was a reporter with The Detroit Free Press.

In 1987, Mr. Schmidt was among a team at The Times who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the Challenger disaster. He also shares a George Polk Award for national reporting for coverage of the shootings at Kent State University, and an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting for Newsweek on the war in Lebanon.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Schmidt received a B.A degree in journalism from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is the father of three children.


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