Long Islanders get an exclusive opportunity to go behind the headlines in news and politics today, as the Fair Media Council’s annual event, The News Conference: Real & Powerful kicks off Monday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. The virtual event brings together the best in news from around the country to discuss what they are covering, and to provide greater insight into current events and the state of news.
The three-day event focuses on national news on Monday, New York regional news on Tuesday, and Long Island hyperlocal news on Wednesday. A special fireside chat with America’s foremost presidential historian, best-selling author and frequent CNN commentator Douglas Brinkley has just been added to the program.
“This event is designed for the public to gain a better understanding of news today,” said Jaci Clement, CEO and Executive Director of the Fair Media Council. “News changes rapidly, which makes this program important for business and community leaders, communicators, educators, and students. These are real conversations, not scripted or rehearsed. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions.”
MONDAY: NATIONAL NEWS
The National News Forecast discussion features Newsday Washington Bureau Chief Tom Brune, Insider’s Deputy Editor Dave Levinthal and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Robert A. George. It will be moderated by Liz Benjamin, former host of “Capitol Tonight.”
“At Issue: Gun Violence in America” happens at 12 noon on Monday. The panel features Abene Clayton, lead reporter for The Guardian’s Guns & Lies in America Project. Joining Clayton is Mary Claire Molloy, a student journalist who experienced a lockdown at Indiana University, and Dr. Jose Prince, Executive Sponsor of the Northwell Center for Gun Violence Prevention. It will be moderated by Jeffrey L. Reynolds, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Association, one of Long Island’s largest health and human services organizations. Dr. Reynolds is a longtime member of the Fair Media Council.
TUESDAY: NEW YORK REGIONAL NEWS
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the 10 a.m. New York News Forecast will focus on New York City, Long Island and Albany politics, issues and people the news media will be keeping tabs on. New York Post City Hall Bureau Chief Bernadette Hogan, The City’s senior reporter Katie Honan and Marist Institute for Public Opinion Director, Dr. Lee Miringoff are featured. Moderating is Tim Scheld, the recently retired news and programming director of WCBS Newradio 880.
The Business & Economic News Forecast panel begins at 11 a.m., features Joe Dowd, Editor and Associate Publisher of Long Island Business News and Editor of The Journal Record, Oklahoma City, Okla. and Margaret Corvini, Assistant Managing Editor for Business at Newsday. Rounding out the discussion is The Wall Street Journal’s small business and entrepreneurship Senior Special Writer Ruth Simon. Moderating the discussion is Epoch 5 President Katherine Heaviside, who is also a member of the Fair Media Council.
WEDNESDAY: LONG ISLAND NEWS
On Wednesday, The News Conference: Real & Powerful focuses on Long Island news. The program begins at 9 a.m. with veteran Long Island journalists discussing some of the biggest stories they covered during their careers. CBS New York reporter Jennifer McLogan, NBC New York photojournalist (and former News 12 photojournalist) Michael DelGuidice, along with Bruce Lambert, a reporter who spent more than 20 years at The New York Times and 17 years at Newsday; and Terry Sheridan, a longtime radio reporter for 1010WINS and now senior director of news at WSHU Public Radio, are slated to participate. The discussion will be moderated by Chris Wright, Global Leader, Business Performance Improvement Solution at Protiviti and a member of the Fair Media Council Board of Directors.
A Long Island News Forecast discussion of what stories, people and issues that local news media will be focusing on will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The discussion features Newsday Editor Don Hudson, WLIW 21 and WLIW-FM Vice President and General Manager Diane Masciale, HuntingtonNow.com Owner and Publisher Pam Robinson, News 12 Digital Vice President Chris Vaccaro and political pollster and news commentator Mike Dawidziak, founder and president of Strategic Planning Systems. This panel also will be moderated by Chris Wright.
This event is sponsored by Northwell Health, Henry Schein, St. Joseph’s University, Hofstra University, and Mount Sinai South Nassau.
The Fair Media Council advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FMC has studied the content and character of local news for more than 40 years. Today it is widely regarded as one of the oldest, most successful media watchdogs in the country. FMC is based on Long Island.