Join the Social Media Club Boston on Wednesday, June 8th for “Hyper-Local, Hyper-Social, Hyper-Competitive: The New Journalism,” hosted by IDG and Sponsored by  IDG and BusinessWire.


From the front line to the local coffee shop to the courthouse, journalism faces pressure not only to remain profitable, but to remain relevant. Join this panel of journalists for an in-depth discussion of the pressures and possibilities facing the journalism profession today.

Registration and hors d’oeuvres begins at 5:30pm, with the panel discussion starting at 6:30.

Our panelists will include:

  • Ed Medina (@surfermedina), Director of Multimedia Development, Boston Globe and Boston.com
  • Kristin Burnham (@kmburnham), Staff Writer, CIO.com
  • Tom Langford (@tom_langford), Reporter, NECN
  • Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman), New Media Contributor, NESN.com

The moderator is Chuck Tanowitz (@ctanowitz), Principal of Fresh Ground and a passionate, engaged and opinionated follower of the profession, not to mention a former journalist.
As an intern at an NBC news magazine show in the early 90s, moderator Chuck Tanowitz found himself sitting on a couch acting as Tom Brokaw’s body double while videographers and stage personnel adjusted lights, moved props and checked camera angles. This was after delivering the mail for then Executive Producer, now NBC Vice President Jeff Zucker. The brush with greatness was not enough to hold his interest and Chuck moved on, eventually applying the journalism skills he developed at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism as well as several local TV and radio stations in New York and Massachusetts, to helping clients find fresh approaches to working with traditional media and social media.

Tom Langford is an award-winning journalist with nearly 15 years of newsroom experience.  As a reporter for New England Cable News, Tom brings the biggest stories of the day to 3.7 million homes in six states. In 2006, Tom won an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigative story that revealed dangerous prescription drugs being sold over the Internet with no prescription needed.Tom grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  In his spare time, Tom cheers for the Red Sox and Patriots and enjoys skiing, golfing, running and going to the beach with his wife and three sons.

Adam Kaufman brings more than a decade of on-air and print experience working in sports radio, television and the Internet; not to mention seven years working in public relations with focus on digital and interactive media and brand marketing on a local, national and international scale. He has extensive knowledge and experience in graphic design, social media, sponsorship marketing and website marketing strategy, and is the former vice president of PR for the Providence Bruins.

Kristin Burnham is a staff writer at CIO.com, where she covers consumer technologies, social media and Web 2.0, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google. She previously served in various editorial roles at CXO Media.

Ed Medina is the director of multimedia development at the Boston Globe and Boston.com. He began working for the Tonganoxie Mirror weekly newspaper in 1995 as a reporter, and moved to Boston in 1997 where he worked for Boston.com as a news producer, eventually specializing in multimedia. In October 2005, Medina moved to New York, where he became director of multimedia for the Associated Press. During his career, Medina has covered stories such as the priest sex abuse crisis, gay marriage, the 2004 World Series, and the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. He returned to the Boston Globe in January, 2007, as multimedia editor, helping to create the Globe’s Emmy award winning video department.


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