May 13

Twin Cities Business Alumni - The Business of News

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 pm / virtual

The Carleton Twin Cities Business Alumni Club hosts
a national panel discussion
“The Business of News”

Thursday, May 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. Central Time
via Zoom


Please join us for an informative and thought-provoking discussion with distinguished Carleton alumni and veterans of the news business, covering print journalism, television, and digital platforms.

The discussion will center on these important questions:

  1. How has the “Business of News” changed in the information age?
  2. What business models for news will work and which ones will fail?
  3. How do news organizations ensure integrity and high editorial quality?
  4. Is there still a place for quality local journalism that can survive the global news marketplace?
  5. What formats will be the next frontier for news?
  6. How can we restore trust in a thriving and free press in the face of “fake news?”
  7. Given the First Amendment, can “news” be regulated and is it required to combat “fake news?”

The panel will be moderated by John Harris '85 (Founder of Politico) with panelists Emily Barr ’80 (President and CEO of Graham Media Group); Ed Bice ’88 (Founder and CEO of Meedan); Vivyan Tran ’10 (Head of Digital at Protocol), and Rene Sanchez (Editor, Star Tribune).

Register by Wednesday, May 12.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at or 800-729-2586.


John Harris '85 John Harris '85 is the editor in chief and a cofounder of POLITICO, a publication specializing in national politics and the workings of the federal government. Since its launch in January 2007, POLITICO has become one of the country’s most-trafficked news sites and has drawn widespread attention nationally and internationally for its efforts to create a new editorial and business model to sustain robust journalism in an era of radical change for the media industry. John began his journalism career writing for The Carletonian. After graduation, he served as a summer intern at the Washington Post and went on to spend the next 21 years at the paper in a succession of beats that began in Virginia politics.


Emily Barr Emily Barr '80 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group, the television broadcasting division of Graham Holdings Company. Barr overseas seven local media hubs in six major cities across the US and is additionally responsible for Social News Desk, a SaaS-based company serving over 2500 television, radio, print and digital newsrooms world-wide. She has held this position since July 2012. Prior to joining Graham Media Group, Barr served as the President and General Manager of WLS–TV, the ABC-owned station in Chicago, IL from April 1997 until July 2012.


Ed Bice '88 Ed Bice '88 is the founding CEO of Meedan. In this capacity he helped build a team of journalists and technologists working on a range of collaborative digital journalism projects with extraordinary partners around the world. Ed is a member of the class of '88 and makes practical use of his philosophy degree every single day.


Vivyan Tran '10 Vivyan Tran '10 has over a decade of experience working on digital strategy and audience development at national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO and National Journal. She is currently the head of digital at Protocol, a new media company focused on the people, power and politics of tech. She graduated in 2010, majoring in international relations. She was co-editor-in-chief of The Carletonian and participated in Roy Grow's political economy seminar in Beijing and Steven Schier's Washington, D.C. program.


Rene SanchezRene Sanchez leads Minnesota’s largest news organization, overseeing all aspects of the Star Tribune’s print and digital editions.

Sponsored by Carls in the Twin Cities. Contact: Krista Herbstrith, Alumni Relations