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'Future of Journalism' will be discussed

Barry McNamara
Distinguished panel to discuss ‘The Future of Journalism’ at MC
In conjunction with its communication department, Monmouth College will sponsor a panel discussion on “The Future of Journalism” on April 15 at 7 p.m. in Room 114 of Wallace Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Chairing the panel will be former NBC Nightly News producer Joe Angotti, a visiting distinguished professor of communication at Monmouth. He will be joined by three MC alumni panelists with extensive journalism experience: Jane Carlson, Jay Dickerson and John Sharp, who all attended Monmouth in the late 1990s.

The panelists will discuss their perceptions of the direction of modern journalism. They addressing such questions as “What will happen to newspapers?” and “Will there be a need for trained and experienced journalists in the Internet age?”

“I expect this to be a fervent, lively and highly educational forum,” said Angotti. “With the overall alterations in the dynamics of the news profession, coupled with the rapid changes in technology, the business of journalism is changing rapidly.”

During a career spanning 22 years in broadcast network news, Angotti served NBC as executive in charge of special programming of major breaking news stories such as the Camp David Peace Accord, the Watergate hearings and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since leaving broadcast news, he has taught at the University of Miami and Northwestern University before joining the MC faculty in 2005.

Carlson, who currently advises MC’s student newspaper, the Courier, and other student publications, worked as a reporter and editor at the Galesburg Register-Mail for three years. She is also a development research officer at Monmouth.

Since 2003, Dickerson has served as the editor of the Galena (Ill.) Gazette. His wife, Hillary Lee Dickerson, is also an MC graduate and is the editor of the Republican Journal in Darlington, Wis.

Sharp is the City Hall beat reporter for the Peoria Journal Star, as well as an adjunct journalism instructor and student publications adviser at Illinois Central College. He co-authors a Monday political column called “Word on the Street” and the daily blog, “Word on the Web.”

The program is funded by MC’s Buch Fund for alumni returning to campus and by the Public Affairs Committee.