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The News Yesterday and Today: How Print and Television Journalism Is Changing
Sunday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones '68, Director Emeritus of the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University, will team up with W&L journalism professor Kevin Finch to discuss changes in the news media in recent decades. Drawing on his recent book, Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy, Jones will offer an overview of the evolution of print media, how the news media influence and are influenced by political agendas, and media ownership's potential for editorial influence on the information the public consumes. Prof. Finch will discuss the dramatic growth of television news; key factors, including economic models, in the development of broadcast news; the justification of FCC regulation; and a few examples of newsrooms "still doing it right."
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Alex Jones '68
Alex S. Jones won a Pulitzer Prize at The New York Times for his coverage of the news media. He was Eugene Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Subsequently, he spent 15 years as Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Losing The News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy and co-author, with his late wife Susan E. Tifft, of The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty and The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times. He was the founding host of NPR's "On the Media" and was executive editor of "Media Matters" on PBS.
He graduated from W&L in 1968, and the university has named him a Distinguished Alumnus and awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He is currently co-executive-editor of Daily Chatter, an email newsletter focused on international news.
Kevin Finch
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
Professor Finch was the news director for two large market TV stations, supervising staffs of up to 80 full-time journalists. He has written and produced documentaries for Discovery, TLC and other networks. He was the founding president of the Indiana Debate Commission, the first organization to produce televised debates for statewide offices.
As a journalist, Kevin covered the fateful events of September 11, 2001 in Washington, DC and the first anniversary of the attacks in New York. He covered the Senate vote after Bill Clinton's impeachment, a presidential inauguration, several political conventions, the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the Atlanta Olympics, three Olympic Games, four NCAA Final Fours, the NBA Finals, and a dozen Indy 500s.
He is a winner of the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the Sigma Delta Chi journalism award, a two-time national Emmy Award nominee, and a three-time regional Emmy winner.
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