American Tapestry:  Covering a Changing America

December 3, 2008 - December 6, 2008
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
In partnership with News21 - Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism

About | Agenda | Speakers | Resources

About the Seminar

This special seminar was a partnership of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC and the News 21 Initiative of the Knight and Carnegie foundations. A group of 18 university educators from the top journalism schools in the country participated in the seminar, which highlighted key demographic trends in the 21st Century that cut across economic, geographic, cultural, social and political lines. The educators will use the foundational information gained from the seminar as they direct teams of specially selected journalism students who will spend the next year covering different issues related to the umbrella topic “American Tapestry: Covering a Changing America.”


Dan Gillmor
Director, Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and the Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Mark Lopez
Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center

Lindsay Shutte
Director, Millennial Strategy Program, and Generational Consultant, Frank H. Magid Associates

Ashish Soni
Director of the Information Technology Program (ITP) at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Ricardo D Stanton-Salazar
Former Associate Director and Affiliate, USC Center for American Studies and Ethnicity; Associate Professor of Education and Sociology, USC Rossier School of Education and USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Full Speaker List


Presentation materials and slide decks used during the seminar.

PowerPoint: Lopez: Chronicling Latinos’ diverse experience in a changing America
PowerPoint: Shutte: The Millennial Generation
Windows Media Video: Video: Horizon Watching (133 MB)
Windows Media Video: Video: Next Generation (148 MB)
Windows Media Video: Video: Working and Learning (233 MB)

Full Resource List


December 03, 2008, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Opening Lunch - Welcome and Introduction to Workshop

Presentation by:

  • Vikki Porter, Director, Knight Digital Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Jody Brannon, National Director, News21 - Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism, Arizona State University

December 03, 2008, 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Deconstruction of News21 Successes

Presentation by:

  • Jody Brannon, National Director, News21 - Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism, Arizona State University

December 03, 2008, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

A 30,000-foot View of the Demographic Landscape

Presentation by:

  • William H Frey, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution; Research Professor, University of Michigan Population Studies Center; Senior Fellow, Milken Institute

Full Agenda


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