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The Changing Digital Information Landscape

Roundtable and Introduction to the Center for Digital Information

Friday, October 22, 2010
12noon - 3pm

Pew Charitable Trusts, Carolina Room
901 E Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC
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Welcome

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism welcome you for this roundtable discussion of the changing information environment and its implications for foundations and similar organizations that seek to inform public dialogue and policy on issues critical to the nation and world.

As we are all acutely aware, rapid advances in technology, shifting news and information habits, expanding access to data of all kinds, and a contracting commercial journalism industry have combined to significantly alter the landscape in which issues of public importance are discussed. As part of this evolving picture, philanthropies, policy research organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofits are taking on an increasingly important role as direct communicators of information to a increasingly digital society. Whether addressing health or the economy, national security or the environment, education or international development, this new role presents serious challenges and enormous opportunities for our organizations.

During the briefing portion of the roundtable, we'll hear from Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, with the latest data on the adoption of digital communication technologies and the effects on information consumption. We'll also be introduced to the new Center for Digital Information whose mission is to collaborate with and model best practices for members of the policy research community — foundations, think tanks, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions — in their new role as direct digital communicators.

Many thanks for joining us.

Sincerely,

David Morse
Vice President, Communications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Michael Delli Carpini
Dean
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Ernest J. Wilson III
Dean
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California

Agenda

12:00-12:40
Casual Lunch and Greetings (9th Floor)
12:40-1:00
Agenda and Host Comments
David Morse, Vice President, Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Michael Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Carola Weil, Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
1:00-1:45
Digital Technology Adoption and Information Consumption
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Lee will discuss the Pew Research Center's data on Internet and broadband penetration, mobile technology use, online activities and information consumption patterns among the general public. (20 minutes)

Observations from the Group/Q&A: How do you think the new environment Lee describes will affect how you expect to inform and influence public dialogue and public policy? (25 minutes)
1:45-2:00
Coffee Break (9th Floor)
2:00-2:50
From Digital Distribution to Digital Information
Jeff Stanger, Director, Center for Digital Information
Rapid technological change and the marked downsizing of the traditional journalism industry present new challenges for organizations that participate in the public policy dialogue through information gathering, analysis and communication. This session will examine these challenges and introduce the Center for Digital Information that will help think tanks, foundations, NGOs, government agencies and academic institutions adjust to an evolving policy information environment. (20 minutes)

Observations from the Group (30 minutes)
2:50-3:00
Summary/Next Steps
David Morse, Michael Delli Carpini, Carola Weil

Participants

Confirmed as of October 20, 2010

John S. Bracken
Director, Digital Media
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Eric Brown
Communications Director
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Emily Culbertson
Principal
Emily Culbertson Consulting

Michael Delli Carpini
Dean
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

Stephen J. Downs
Assistant Vice President, Health Group
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Charles Firestone
Executive Director
Communications and Society Program
Aspen Institute

Amy Garmer
Director, Journalism Projects
Communications and Society Program
Aspen Institute

Lucas Held
Director of Communications
Wallace Foundation

Susan King
Vice President, External Affairs
Program Director, Journalism Initiative, Special Initiatives & Strategy
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Fred Mann
Assistant Vice President, Communications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

David Morse
Vice President, Communications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Jessica O'Neal
Senior Officer, Web
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Adam Clayton Powell III
Director of Washington Policy Initiatives
University of Southern California

Lee Rainie
Director
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Carol D. Rugg
Vice President, Communications
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Jessica Schwartz
Senior Communications Officer
Wallace Foundation

Robert Spier
Deputy Director, Content Strategy, Communications
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jeff Stanger
Director
Center for Digital Information

Paul Taylor
Executive Vice President
Pew Research Center

Marta Urquilla
Senior Policy Advisor
The Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
Domestic Policy Council
The White House

Joe Voeller
Manager of Strategic Communications
Ford Foundation

Carola Weil
Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California