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The Brave New World of Journalism


November 12-13, 2009

Spencer Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School

Distinguished journalist, José Vargas will examine the state of professional journalism, how news is collected and disseminated, how the boundaries between citizen and journalist often overlap, and the implications that all of these changes have for the future of journalism. Vargas embodies the ongoing revolution in the field. Formerly a reporter about digital media and politics for the venerable Washington Post, he recently became Technology and Innovations Editor at the Huffington Post. This lecture, “The Brave New World of Journalism,” is part of the Center for the Study of Citizenship’s Citizen Media project.

Keynote Speaker

José Antonio Vargas

Technology and Innovations Editor of the Huffington Post

José Antonio Vargas is the Technology and Innovations editor of the Huffington Post. Previously, he was a national political reporter for the Washington Post, where he broke new ground with his in-depth coverage of the Internet's impact on politics. Among other issues he's covered include video game culture, race and demographics and HIV/AIDS. A year-long series he wrote on AIDS in Washington, D.C., is now the subject of "The Other City," a feature-length documentary released in 2010. In 2008, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the Virginia Tech massacre.

Plenary Speakers

Chris Haller

Founder & CEO, Digital Engagement Strategist

Chris is a nationally-recognized User Experience designer and Online Engagement strategist, with a broad background in local government, urban and regional planning and communication technologies. These skills, combined with many years of experience in consulting for urban planning projects, are what brings Urban Interactive Studio's mission – to provide interactive solutions that allow citizens to participate in making our cities better places to live, work and play – to life.

On November 12 and 13, the ­Center for the Study of Citizenship hosted an institute, “eCitizenship: New Tools, New Spaces, New Strategies,” in collaboration with the American Democracy Project–itself a collaboration of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the New York Times. I gave one of the plenary addresses based on our Promising Practices in Online Engagement paper."

David Smith

Executive Director, National Conference on Citizenship

David B. Smith is the Executive Director of NCoC. Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC measures and promotes civic engagement with the goal of building a more informed, engaged, giving and trusting citizenry. Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed Mobilize.org, and under his tenure, Mobilize.org expanded from a team of 10 students to a national organization with activists in over 200 communities.

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