Maria Popova to Join Headline Speakers at GigaOM’s paidContent Live Conference

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Media’s brightest minds will debate the pros and cons of emerging business models.

"Everyone has an opinion about whether media outlets can make real money and still hold onto their journalistic integrity,” says Mathew Ingram, senior writer for paidContent. “We’ll look at some emerging models and debate which ones have the most promise."

GigaOM, the leading global source of analysis on emerging technologies, has announced that Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova will be a headline speaker its annual paidContent Live conference, being held April 17 in New York City. Popova will take the stage with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and Andrew Sullivan of The Dish to examine alternative monetization models and the future of self-published content.

Popova's use of affiliate links on her Brain Pickings blog has been a source of much debate over the past two weeks. The conversation that has emerged is a microcosm of longer-running discussions around the impact of new monetization models, including affiliate links and sponsored content.

“Everyone has an opinion about whether media outlets can make real money and still hold onto their journalistic integrity,” says Mathew Ingram, senior writer for paidContent and chair of paidContent Live. “We’ll look at some emerging models and debate which ones have the most promise.”

Other speakers include:

  • JP Maheu, CEO, Bluefin Labs
  • Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
  • David Karp, founder and CEO, Tumblr
  • Erik Martin, general manager, reddit
  • Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, The Guardian
  • Bonita Stewart, vice president, Google
  • Justin Smith, president, Atlantic Media
  • Bob Bowman, CEO, MLB.com
  • Jim Bankoff, CEO, Vox Media
  • Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor in chief, Slate Group
  • Paul Caine, executive vice president, chief revenue officer and president, Time Inc.
  • Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO, Aereo

See the full list of speakers and sessions here.

Discounted supersaver tickets for paidContent Live are available through March 22. Follow @paidContent on Twitter (#pcLive) to stay up to date as new speakers and sessions are announced.

Some of the most influential companies in data have already lined up to sponsor paidContent Live, and sponsorships are expected to sell out. Contact Mike Sly at eventsales(at)gigaom(dot)com to learn more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

About paidContent
paidContent is a global news site that provides insight and analysis on the future of media and digital content for decision-makers in media, entertainment, publishing, advertising, marketing, mobile and technology. We enable readers to understand major disruptions that are creating new opportunities in digital media. Our signature event, paidContent Live, examines the innovations, companies and people transforming the industry. paidContent was acquired by GigaOM in 2012.

About GigaOM
Founded in 2006, GigaOM is the leading global source of analysis on emerging technologies. Our news, research and events provide deep insight on the companies, people and trends disrupting technology and media.

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