Feb. 21: Thought Leader Features Reszler '91, VP at APM
Vice President for Digital Media, American Public Media Group
Topic: "Innovation and the Business of Hearts & Minds: Notes from the Ground Floor of the Media Revolution"
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
To say the Internet has changed media is to understate the obvious. Not since Guttenberg's printing press has media undergone such radical change. Every form of traditional media — radio, television and print — has been changed by the Internet. At the heart of this change is a tension: the Internet has given audiences more options and power over media than at any previous time, but that same force has also fundamentally altered the business models that allowed producers to create that media. Today investigative reporting competes with cat videos on YouTube, and great music albums have been displaced with disposable 99-cent downloads.
For the past decade Mike Reszler has seen this change first-hand, and in fact he has been responsible for helping to create it. As the former Director of Digital News for Knight Ridder, the second largest newspaper company in the U.S., he was responsible for leading innovation in newsrooms large and small. Today, he is working to innovate the traditional broadcast world — in both news and music. In this presentation he will explore the challenge that innovators face within legacy organization and look at the trends that are fundamentally reshaping the way audiences experience media.
About the Speaker:
Mike Reszler is the Vice President for Digital Media at American Public Media Group, the nation's second largest public radio company with an audience of over 25 million people. Mike oversees all aspects of APM's digital activities from content (news and music programming), revenue, product and technology development, and business development. Prior to his current role he served as the Managing Editor at Minnesota Public Radio. Before joining APM he was the Director of Digital News for Knight Ridder, which at the time was the second largest newspaper company in the country. In that role he oversaw the digital transformation of Knight Ridder's newsrooms ranging in size from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Miami Herald to the Aberdeen, SD, American News. He also oversaw Knight Ridder’s online coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which won the Biloxi Sun Herald the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At Knight Ridder he served in a variety of roles, including the Senior Editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Director of Operations for Knight Ridder's Midwest newsrooms. He has won personally and lead projects that have received several awards, including various AP awards, national headliner awards, Online News Association awards, the National Edward R. Murrow award, the Editor and Publisher Eppy Award and regional Emmy awards. Reszler earned his B.A. from Augustana, his M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his A.B.D. in history from Claremont Graduate School.
Reserved tickets are $20 and include lunch at CJ Callaway's Event Center (69th & Minnesota) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets are available through augietickets.com.