World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Summer Forum 2019

The Summer Forum programs are free and open to the public.  Each session is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Tide Pointe Retirement Community, 700 Tide Pointe Way,Hilton Head.

June Speaker

Larry KramerWednesday, June 19, 2019:
Larry Kramer, Past President & Publisher of USA Today

Title: State of Today’s Media 

Is it “fake news”, news as entertainment, journalism with integrity or a combination of all? Today’s media is in a major state of flux and change due to technology changes, political environment and changing habits of audiences. Our speaker will discuss the current global landscape and provide a glimpse of the future of media through actual experiences working at the Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, MarketWatch, CBS and USA Today.

July Speaker

Lynne HummellWednesday, July 17, 2019:
Lynne Cope Hummell, Editor, The Bluffton Sun and The Hilton Head Sun

Title: The Impact of Social Media on Local Newspapers

These days, nearly everyone over the age of 12 carries a small but mighty computer in his or her pocket. We feel the need to stay connected, now more than ever, so we seem to continually email, text, take photos – and check our social … media, that is. Social media has claimed a space of high priority for many of us, to the point that we treat our Facebook friends and Instagram contacts as sources of much of our news. But where is the confirmation of facts, where’s the credibility of a reporter and the reliability of a believable source? Streaming a live video of an event is one thing, but can we trust the rest?

August Speaker

David LauderdaleWednesday, August 14, 2019:
David Lauderdale, Senior Editor and Columnist, The Island Packet

Title: How Social Media Has Changed the Rules.

David Lauderdale is a senior editor and columnist for The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island’s daily newspaper, as well as The Beaufort Gazette, both owned by McClatchy. David’s columns, Facebook posts and editorials about Lowcountry life are “must reads” for local citizens. He has been a member of The Packet’s newsroom since 1977, serving in many roles, including news editor, managing editor and editorial page editor. He twice won the President’s Award for Journalism Excellence – the highest employee honor at McClatchy.

David also teaches a popular adult Sunday School class at First Pres called "Lowcountry Lessons" and has been named Man of the Year from the Presbyterian Men of the church. His wife Sybil is a retired Middle School teacher, and their two adult children were reared on Hilton Head.

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