From left: Chris Matthews and Jan Schaffer

From left: Chris Matthews and Jan Schaffer

The Future of News: Non-Stop News: The 24/7 News Cycle

November 14, 2009

Guests: Chris Matthews and Jan Schaffer

By Newseum staff
"On MSNBC, starting at 5:00 at night, I would assume commentary would drive the show. I would assume that now on all cable shows, and the ones that don't … they're dying."
— Chris Matthews

"Non-stop news, with its reliance on argument and the device of 'he-said-she-said' reporting, is not serving democracy. Citizens are increasingly playing a role in their communities to report local news and to fix journalism."
— Jan Schaffer

Program Summary

The 24-hour news cycle and the speed in which news is delivered have impacted the digital news world. Guests Chris Matthews of MSNBC and Jan Schaffer of J-Lab discuss the ramifications of non-stop news.

About Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is the host of "Hardball" and "The Chris Matthews Show" on MSNBC. His experienced career bridges politics, newspapers and television. He was a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and as a top aide to Sen. Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. Matthews has covered every presidential election since the 1980s.

About Jan Schaffer

Jan Schaffer, a former business editor and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter at The Inquirer in Philadelphia, is executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University. J-Lab funds citizen media start-ups, produces Web tutorials and tracks community news start-ups and foundation funding of journalism.

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