Media Guru: Stephen Adler, President and Editor-in-Chief of Reuters

Stephen J. Adler, the President and Editor-in- Chief of Reuters, is November’s Media Guru speaker. A veteran news person and editor, Adler will discuss the challenges of traditional media brands going forward, including increased pricing pressure for content and competitive strategy. He will talk about managing such a large and geographically diverse work force and the pressures of reporting the news for his teams around the world.

At Reuters Adler is responsible for the team that produces the news – text, photographs, video, insight and commentary – that is integral to the world’s markets and media. According to the company’s annual report, Reuters’ content reaches over one-billion users per day. In 2015 they produced over 2.5 million unique news stories, over 1.5 million news alerts, nearly 700,000 pictures/images and 100,000 video stories.

Reuters is part of the ThomsonReuters media giant which had more than $2 billion in 2015. – with the Reuters revenue at $296 million-- just 2% of the total.

Adler joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of the company’s Professional Division. He was named Editor-in- Chief, Reuters News, in 2011. Under Adler’s leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards around the world, including Reuters first-ever Pulitzer Prize for text reporting in 2014 and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Before joining Thomson Reuters, Adler was Editor-in- Chief of BusinessWeek, where, during his five-year tenure, the magazine and its website won more than 100 major journalism awards. Earlier, he spent sixteen years at The Wall Street Journal, managing reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, Adler is author of the book “The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom,” which won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. With his wife, the novelist Lisa Grunwald, he was co-editor of the best-selling “Letters of the Century: America 1900—1999” and “Women’s Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present.” Their third anthology, “The Marriage Book,” was released in May 2015.

Adler serves on the boards of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and serves as chairman of Columbia Journalism Review’s Board of Overseers. He is also a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gerald R. Loeb Awards board of final judges.

Media Guru breakfasts have no Power Point presentations. The program is a question and answer session where the moderator asks 30 minutes of questions, and the audience the other 30 minutes. And it is off-the- record, so we expect you will hear information at the session and nowhere else.

Moderator Biography:

Ava Seave (MBA ’82) is a Principal of Quantum Media, the New York City based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media and entertainment companies. In addition to being a consultant, Seave is an Adjunct Professor at both Columbia Business School and Columbia Journalism School teaching classes about media and entertainment strategy and management and is a contributor to, writing about media businesses.

Date: Wednesday November 2, 2016

Time: 7:30 - 9:00am
7:30 to 8:00 - Registration & Breakfast
8:00 to 9:00 - Discussion and Audience Q&A

Venue: UJA Conference Center
130 E. 59th Street (btw Park & Lex), NYC 10022

$20/Member guest (limit two)
$30/Non-member alumni

Please register by 3 pm on November 1, 2016. No refunds will be issued. This event is off the record.

Organizers: Ava Seave ’82, Brian O’Leary ’83, Margaret Downs ’85, Gretchen Grant ’85

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Date & Location

Date: 11/2/2016
Time: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Location: UJA Conference Center
130 E 59th St. (btw Park & Lex), New York, NY 10022