Outspoken Strategy Series: The Future of Digital News

This is the era of alternative facts. Newsgathering and dissemination is changing fast, and these experts are tirelessly working for the truth — where to find it, how to present it, and who needs to hear it — for a changing audience and national culture.

The Outspoken Media Strategy Series returned with a panel of media experts: WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, POLITICO Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind, All Over Albany co-founder Greg Dahlmann, and UAlbany Associate Professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao who discussed where the news is today and where it’s headed. Outspoken Media CEO Rhea Drysdale moderated.


  • 6:30pm – Networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres
  • 7pm – 8:30pm – Panel discussion and Q&A


Rosemary Armao returned to the Albany area after decades covering news and politics around the world, including Eastern Europe and Africa. She is the former Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former President of the Journalism and Women Symposium. She teaches at SUNY Albany and can be heard regularly on WAMC’s The Roundtable.

Greg Dahlmann is the co-founder of All Over Albany. Before that, he worked in public radio as a reporter, host, and producer.

Ian Pickus has been news director at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio since 2013, overseeing a network of reporters and producers in a six-state listening area. He was previously a newsroom producer, joining the station 2008. He has been a lecturer in the University at Albany journalism program since 2013. He holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany.

Jimmy Vielkind is a founding member of POLITICO’s New York State Capitol bureau, becoming bureau chief in 2013. He has been reporting on New York State news and politics since 2008, first for the New York Observer and then for the Times Union.

All proceeds will be donated to ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

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