The News Conference: Real & Powerful 2022

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Inside New York Politics: 2022 Forecast

LIVE ONLINE via Zoom, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 10-11 AM

Get the inside skinny from the people in the know! With so many changes happening in the Empire State, from Albany to New York City to Long Island, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity to find out what and who the news media is keeping in its sights. They’ll take your questions, too!

Moderated by Julian Phillips, Journalist, Political Analyst and Author. Panelists include Harry Siegel, Senior Editor, The Daily Beast; Columnist, New York Daily News and podcast cohost, FAQ NYC; Tim Scheld, News & Programming Director, WCBS Newsradio; Michael Dawidziak, political pollster and Founder & President, Strategic Planning Systems, Inc.; and Yancy Roy, Albany Bureau Chief, Newsday.

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National News Forecast: People, Stories & Issues to Watch

LIVE ONLINE via Zoom, Thursday, Jan. 27, 9-10 AM 

Back by popular demand! Expect a dynamic and engaging conversation from this respected group of media pros here to give you an insider’s look at what to expect in the news this year.  Take note of who the news media is keeping tabs on, issues and policies bubbling to the surface, and topics that will dominate the public conversation. They’ll take your questions, too! 

Expertly moderated by Liz Benjamin, Managing Director, Marathon Strategies and featuring Newsday Washington Bureau Chief Tom Brune, Bloomberg Editorial Opinion Writer Robert George, and Insider Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Dave Levinthal. 

Long Island Hyperlocal News: Forecast 2022

LIVE ONLINE via Zoom, Friday, Jan. 28, 10-11 AM

As local as local news gets: Hear from our hyperlocal Long Island news media on the issues, people and events they’ll be paying close attention to in the coming year. Maybe they’ll even tip you off on how you can get into the news — you’ll have to attend to find out! As always, your questions will help drive the conversation.

Moderated by Christopher P. Wright, Managing Director and Global Leader, Business Performance Improvement Solution, Protiviti. Panelists include Joe Dowd, Editor & Associate Publisher, Long Island Business News; Don Hudson, Managing Editor, Newsday;  Pam Robinson, Publisher & Editor, HuntingtonNow.com; Chris Vaccaro, Vice President, Digital News, Altice USA. 

Local News Roundtable

LIVE ONLINE via Zoom,  Friday, Jan. 28, 11.05 AM TO 12 NOON (Immediately following the 10 am session)

A casual chat with some of your favorite local journalists. Get insight into what they look for in a story, the kinds of stories they love to tell, how they determine if someone’s a reliable source, what they’re working on right now and more. Maybe they’ll even let you pitch a story. As always, your questions help drive the converation.

Panelists include Pei-Sze Cheng, Reporter, Investigative Unit, NBC New York;  Cecilia Dowd, Reporter, Newsday; Terry Sheridan, News Director, WSHU Public Radio; David Winzelberg, Reporter, Long Island Business News; more.  Check back.

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NEW DROP: Douglas Brinkley on Biden's First Year

America’s foremost presidential historian Douglas Brinkley grades Biden’s first year, offers up some advice for the Cabinet, and tells us how he really feels about The 1619 Project from The New York Times.

Douglas Brinkley is an American author, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities, and professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley is the history commentator for CNN, Presidential Historian for the New York Historical Society, and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair. (Wikipedia)

His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has received a Grammy Award for Presidential Suite and seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. His two-volume annotated The Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link – Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, Council of Foreign Relations and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. (douglasbrinkley.com)

LISTEN NOW: Insight Into The COVID-19 Pandemic & Global Health with Laurie Garrett

Often referred to as the “Pandemic Prophet,” noted science journalist Laurie Garrett chats with us about the COVID 19 pandemic, misinformation and the difference between what we knew then and what we know now. Be in the know in 30ish minutes. 


Laurie Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. In the 1992-93 academic years Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, a collection of faculty concerned about the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria. The book was published in hardcopy by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1994, and spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. (Source: lauriegarrett.com) 


Driven by audience questions, Real & Powerful Fast Chats provide an inside look at what’s in the news, as well as what’s missing. Here, Laurie Garrett provides historical context to the COVID-19 pandemic, explains how government response has varied between countries, and how the United States has handled the situation. 

About the News Conference

The News Conference: Real & Powerful brings together the best in journalism to take the public behind the scenes in news today, with exclusive conversations and insider access. Gain a greater understanding of current events and how news decisions are made — it’s all part of FMC’s mission to create a media-savvy society so you can navigate today’s complicated media landscape with ease.This is a must-attend for news junkies, influencers, leaders, advocates, academics, spokespeople, marketing, public relations and branding experts, journalists and students. 

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