The future of journalism topic of M. Stanton Evans symposium

Posted: Wednesday, 31 March 2010

TROY—A public symposium at Troy University on April 8 will focus on the future of newspapers, newspaper companies and newspaper jobs.

“News @ ’10: The ‘Press’ in the Next Decade” will bring professional journalists and students together during the annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium, sponsored by the University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Admission is free.

“Newspaper circulation is down, but newspaper readership is up because people read newspaper stories on the Internet, on smart phones, and on new devices like the Apple iPad,” said Steve Stewart, assistant professor of journalism. “Newspaper people need to know how to produce video and audio, so they need broadcasters’ skills.

“We want to see what this means for newspapers, for journalists and for students who want to be journalists.”

Panelists will include three professionals: Terry Manning, multimedia editor of the Montgomery Advertiser; Justin Thurman, multimedia director of The Anniston Star and its sister publications; and John Stevenson, publisher and editor of The Randolph Leader of Roanoke. Stevenson is immediate past president of the National Newspaper Association, whose members are community weekly and daily newspapers.

Student panelists will be Meg Smith, reporter, anchor and weather forecaster for Trojan Vision (student television); and Thomas King, news editor of the Tropolitan (the student newspaper).

M. Stanton “Stan” Evans has held Troy University’s Buchanan Chair of Journalism since 1980 and is teaching a course this semester on the editorial page. He is a national columnist, commentator and book author and a former editor of the Indianapolis News.

Thomas King

Thomas King

Meg Smith

Meg Smith

Justin Thurman

Justin Thurman

John Stevenson

John Stevenson

Terry Manning

Terry Manning