Video: Exclusive Interviews Live at the Matrix Awards was on the scene at Monday’s 39th annual Matrix Awards honoring women’s achievements in the communications industry. Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira, a past winner and this year’s emcee, told TVNewser before the ceremony began, “This is a room full of such accomplished women, it’s a little mind-boggling.” founder and senior vice president Laurel Touby caught up with Daily Candy founder and editorial director Dany Levy (who sold her company for $125 million in August 2008), ProPublica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket, and Studio 360 anchor Kurt Andersen to discuss the future of the media industry, with the news of Portfolio‘s closure as a catalyst for conversation.
Watch the videos to find out what they had to say about Portfolio‘s demise and more, after the jump…

When Laurel Touby asks Daily Candy founder Dany Levy about her email newsletter before it snowballed into a success, Levy says, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just hoping to not go under for a long time.”
While talking about the next generation of women in media with Laurel Touby, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket says, “We are an industry under fire… It’s so important that you continually look for things you can celebrate.”
Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen tells Laurel Touby: “With mediabistro, with Daily Candy, with the saplings that are growing into trees in the new media, I don’t think we need to despair over the demise of print magazines.”
ProPublica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger discusses his former Wall Street Journal colleague and now ex-Portfolio EIC Joanne Lipman (an “absolutely brilliant journalist”) and entertains Laurel Touby’s suggestion of potentially working with Portfolio refugees.