Bainbridge press forum airs on BITV

If you missed the Bainbridge Island press forum last weekend, you can still catch it on BITV (Channels 12 and 22) starting tomorrow.

Channel 12:
Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Channel 22:
Mon., Fri. and Sat. at 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.

For those that don’t get cable but have high-speed Internet, BITV streams all their shows on the web: BITV.org. (Mac users have to download a doohickey to watch)

Crosscut columnist and former Seattle Weekly editor Knute Berger moderated the event, which included representivives from Bainbridge Island’s print, web and TV-based media. Here’s the recap Berger wrote in his blog:

Last Sunday (Feb.8) I moderated a panel on the future of media at the Bainbridge Island Library. The focus was, naturally, on local, Bainbridge and Kitsap County media, and the panel participants were Dennis Anstine, editor of the Bainbridge Review, David Nelson, editor of the Kitsap Sun, Althea Paulson, island blogger, Selina Shearer, news director of the island’s cable TV program BNews, and Crosscut.com’s media reporter Bill Richards. The highlight for me was the turnout. It’s a good sign when a library parking lot is full on a Sunday. The room was packed and the audience Q&A alone lasted an hour and could have gone longer. People are incredibly concerned about where the news is going to come from in these times of big media change. Technology, the collapse of old advertising models, the recession, all are taking a huge toll on traditional newspapers and radio and TV as well. No one is immune. And it’s not as if people were happy with the media’s overall performance even in good times.


One of the answers is that citizens are, and are going to have to be, more involved in delivering, shaping, reporting, and sifting the news, one of the things technology has empowered them to do. It’s good to see that people care so passionately about the future of the news media, and if there is one thing good to come out of the announcement that the newsprint version of the Seattle P-I will soon be history (unless a buyer is found shortly, an unlikely event), it’s that it is galvanizing people to explore what’s next. If ever a time necessity was the mother of invention, this is it.

One thought on “Bainbridge press forum airs on BITV

  1. Actually there was a great discussion of this confab over at the Paulson’s Notebook (http://bainbridgenotes.wordpress.com/). The blog discussion is the second-to-the-last “Where do we get our news?” There are comments from various media types and citizens about the shortfalls of local media. There are over thirty comments.

    One that I posted has to do with the issue of what our local cable access tv station calls bnews. I maintain what you see is fluff and in some serious ways a pay-to-play coverage. You become a sponsor and suddenly coverage miraculously falls to the sponsor. Also raised was the issue of media (tv on bi) grossly overstating their viewership. Read the posts. This bi tv station has about a 5% penetration of the 4,000 max Comcast customers watching yet they throw around the figure of 700,000 audience for their “news.”

    Journalistic standards are shattered with misleading figures like that and selling infomational fluff as news.

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