While Rupert Murdoch is railing against the idea of newspapers continuing to allow Google to aggregate their content–as if most newspapers had any clue how to stop them–others are apparently rallying around them. While reading The Guardian today, I discovered this on their media blog:
A sign of the times? Google chief executive Eric Schmidt is to deliver the keynote speech at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual conference next week. He will talk about “his unique perspective on newspapers, journalism and his company’s role in the future of the industry.” Live audio streaming of Schmidt’s presentation on April 7 starts at 10am PST (6pm in Britain).
That’s 12PM for us in Central Standard Time. There’s been a lot of speculation about where Google fits in journalism, including some who say they should buy some of these failing newspapers, but it will be very interesting to hear what their official position is. I’m not sure if the NAA is going to post the audio online after his speech, but it will be streamed online and is conveniently starting 15 minutes before our class is over.