The Media Future Summit

Toward Vibrant, Sustainable, and Ethical Media in a Democratic Society
21 Mar 2019 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
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Note: This event was previously scheduled for Nov. 8, 2018. It has been moved to March 21, 2019.

Now in its fourth year, the Media Future Summit was founded by journalist Bob Garfield to seek and cultivate ethical, sustainable business models and revenue streams ensuring a robust media sector, especially journalism, as a crucial element of democracy.A daylong-long summit (and a dinner the night before) brings together owners, C-suite executives, and scholars to engage in conversation and spirited debate. It is not a passive experience; the formal program in the form of panels and keynotes is a point of departure for the back-and-forth among the delegates.

In a slight departure from previous years, this year's agenda will focus entirely on a slightly speculative but very likely near future in which 1) the Facebook/Google duopoly has been significantly altered by legislation, litigation, regulation or the threat thereof, 2) block chain technology has driven layers of ad tech from the advertising supply chain, 3) and has also facilitated a micropayment/token a la carte pay-per-view architecture based on ad impressions or, increasingly 4) attention.

MIC and the Center for Media at Risk are cooperating to organize this year's summit, along with Bob Garfield and MediaPost Communications.

MFS is an invitation-only event. Prospective delegates can be tapped by co-hosts, trade-association partners, or the organizers. All delegates must purchase badges, which fund the event, and all participants must commit to attending the entire day. There are certain exceptions to this, such as for Annenberg graduate students and postdocs, so please contact or if you have interest in attending.

For more information on this year's host and the program, please visit