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David Wertime

Rethinking Journalism From the Ground Up

“If we were to start CNN today, it might look more like one of the networks featured in this panel. We take a whirlwind tour of new news networks and new models for reporting and sharing information in our connected age.”

MIT Media Lab. Author: Meutia Chaerani

Aw, we’re blushing! On Tuesday at 9.00 a.m. Eastern U.S. time (or 9.00 p.m. China time), Tea Leaf Nation editor David Wertime will join speakers from Global Voices, GlobalPost and Upworthy to discuss the future of journalism. It’s all part of the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, and you can watch the live stream of this discussion here. We hope you can take an office break to join us, and follow the other fascinating discussions sure to follow throughout the day.

But we still have CNN, you cry! Absolutely. But journalism is changing to become more data-driven–and with all of the information, stories, and tweets out there, it has to. As the conference materials say, “Data alone isn’t always enough to make complex issues understandable.” How does one navigate this seeming storm?

It’s an issue dear to China-watchers’ hearts. How can we better turn the mass of Weibo tweets into something concrete? How can we then use this concrete information without obscuring the humor, tragedy and humanity visible on Chinese social media every day? We won’t find all the answers during our short panel, but there’s no doubt these are some of the right questions. 

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David Wertime

David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.