March 26, 2009

Wain Journalism Series Continues with Tina Brown Talk on April 1

As today's economic concerns mount and digital media outlets proliferate, traditional media outlets—including magazines and newspapers—are struggling. Some are folding altogether, while others are going to digital-only formats to deliver news and information.

With the journalism landscape encompassing new formats, many acclaimed writers and editors are creating or moving to these vehicles to maintain their current audience while finding new ones.

Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Talk, and Tatler magazines, will share her observations with the campus community while speaking on the topic of "Feeding The Daily Beast: Re-inventing Journalism for the Internet," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in Clark Hall 309.

The Daily Beast, Brown's latest venture, is an online digest of news and commentary. In addition to her career as an editor, she wrote the bestselling The Diana Chronicles, a book about the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Her talk is the third installment in this year's Wain Journalism Series, which brings distinguished journalists and authors to campus to discuss writing within cultural and timely contexts.

"Tina Brown is always ahead of the curve, and her new venture has already proven to be one of the most hotly read news sites online. She has an uncanny ability to digest a broad range of news in a most refreshing way. She finds interesting stories to mix together," said Charles Michener, who has been instrumental in bringing in the authors for the Wain talks.

Michener, an author and journalist who served as a former senior editor for cultural affairs at Newsweek and former senior editor at The New Yorker, teaches a course in narrative nonfiction every spring on campus. At the invitation of Michener, the Wain guest speakers conduct a seminar for his writing students in the afternoon, and give a public talk later in the evening. "It's a tremendous opportunity for the students," he said.

The journalism series is named for Norman Wain, a broadcaster and longtime benefactor of the College of Arts and Sciences who taught courses on campus. As part of this year's Wain series, the campus community recently had an opportunity to hear from John Lahr, senior drama critic for The New Yorker and author of numerous profiles of prominent cultural figures, and Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker and editor of The Paris Review. Read more about the origins of the Wain Journalism Series.

The series will conclude with Suzanne Braun Levine, the author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood and other works of non-fiction, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15. She will speak on the topic of "How the Woman's Movement has Re-framed the American Narrative."

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, March 26, 2009 02:01 PM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Lectures/Speakers, features, news

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