Sharon Stone, Andy Grove, and a host of others p.39

By: Mark Fitzgerald Like an audience that leaves a Broadway musical whistling, attendees at this year's American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) convention likely will leave the three days of intense discussion of journalism's weightiest issues with one luminous image: Sharon Stone.
The actress speaks Friday, April 16, at the closing luncheon. Her appearance is more than a transparent ploy to get editors to stay until the closing bell, of course.
Stone not only can relate her experiences from the other side of the tabloid journalists scrum, she is also the wife of San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein.
Neither is Stone the only entertainer on the agenda. Film star and Miami Vice veteran Edward James Olmos speaks Thursday on the topic "We're all in the same gang." Immediately following Olmos will be luncheon speaker Gerry Adams. The president of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's legal and political wing, has not announced his topic.
The bulk of ASNE's agenda is devoted to newspapering's most pressing concerns: credibility, accuracy, and fairness.
Wednesday morning will be devoted first to an assessment of newspapers' coverage of Washington over the past year and the larger issue of covering a public person's private life.
Among the speakers: Thomas B. Rosenstiel, director of Project for Excellence in Journalism; Robert M. Steele, director of The Poynter Institute's program; Washington Post reporter David Broder; former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum; former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta; Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun editor Karla Garrett Harshaw; and Robert Post, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
To discuss how the changing audiences affect newspaper economics and coverage, ASNE will hear from two California publishers at the epicenter of the new demographics: Mark Willes, Los Angeles Times publisher and chairman, president, and CEO, Times Mirror; and Jay Harris, chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News.
Other notable speakers include Brill's Content chairman and editor in chief Steven Brill discussing "the future of content" with syndicated columnist Geneva Overholser; newspaper consultant Christine Urban discussing credibility; and Shawn McIntosh, managing editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., talking about the continuing importance of investigative reporting with San Francisco Examiner reporter Lance Williams.
On Tuesday, April 13, before the official kick-off of the convention, ASNE will present a "Technology Town Hall" devoted to new media. Intel founder Andrew S. Grove will be a featured speaker.
A panel discussion on the future of technology and its impact on newspapers will include the following: George Bell, CEO of Excite!; Hillary Goodall, vice president/content development for Cox Interactive Media; Christian Hendricks, president of NANDO Media; Robert D. Ingle, Knight Ridder's vice president/new media; and Lawrence S. Kramer, president and CEO of

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