The McGraw Symposium

The McGraw Symposium: Reshaping Coverage for the Mobile/Social/Video World

Video is exploding. People are getting more and more of their news from mobile. And everything from the rise of distributed content to the growth of ad blockers is continuing to scramble business models throughout journalism.

Those were among the topics we tackled at the third annual McGraw Symposium. Nikhil Deogun, editor-in-chief of CNBC Business News, Joanne Lipman, chief content officer of Gannett, and James Ledbetter, editor of Inc. Magazine and joined us to discuss the continuing digital transformation of journalism. The trio discussed the challenges and opportunities each faces in reshaping their coverage — and their newsrooms.  We also heard about how they’re preparing for virtual reality, augmented reality and other new trends coming up next on the horizon.

The McGraw Symposium was held on Oct. 6, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, in conjunction with the annual fall conference of the Society for Business Editors and Writers.

As with the first two McGraw Symposia, this year’s event was a big success, drawing roughly 200 top business editors and reporters  from major publications and digital sites in New York and around the country. In 2015, Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, and Andy Serwer, editor in chief of Yahoo Finance joined us to discuss the changes they’re putting in place to meet the challenges of the digital environment, while the inaugural event in 2014 focused on the rise of digital native news sites. Henry Blodget, CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider, Kevin Delaney, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Quartzand Walt Mossberg, co-executive editor of Re/code explored how the new sites are reshaping business journalism.

You can watch the video of the first McGraw Symposium on Vimeo: The Rise of Digital Native Apps and How They’re Changing Business Journalism


Nikhil Deogun, editor-in-chief of CNBC Business News

Joanne Lipman, chief content officer of Gannett

James Ledbetter, editor of Inc. Magazine and