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Paul & Louise Miller Lecture Series

About the Series

The Paul and Louise Miller Lecture series is one of several initiatives that are part of the School of Media Sciences engagement in the news publishing industry.  This series is comprised of lectures on the current business, technology, and audience trends in news publishing and is sponsored by the Paul & Louise Miller Endowed Professorship and the School of Media Sciences. 

About Paul Miller

From traditional American roots Paul Miller rose to a position of international influence in both the Gannett Corporation and Associated Press. His world-wide acquaintances, newspaper knowledge, and communication skills were acknowledged by many newspapermen in 1957 when he became president of the Gannett Corporation, and again in 1963 when he was also elected president of Associated Press. His decades of leadership have provided a legacy in the realms of journalism that will endure for generations. 


2013-2014 Academic Year 

Emerging Opportunities for Commercial Digital Printing Processes in the Fine Arts, May 7, 2014

Professor Frank Cost's presentation explored the potential for high-speed commercial processes, such as dry and liquid toner electrophotography and industrial inkjet printing, to enable artists to exhibit and distribute their work with far greater ease and at significantly lower cost than before. Also discussed: processes to deliver uniform color and image quality across a range of related work, from exhibition prints to books to promotional materials. 

2011-2012 Academic Year 

Portrayal of Women in News and other Media, March 29, 2012

Actress and New York Times best-selling author Victoria Rowell discussed the portrayal of women in the media, both positively and negatively. As a woman in the media spotlight, Ms. Rowell has firsthand experience with how women are portrayed across various mediums. 

9/11: Reflections and Remembrances, September 9 through October 17, 2011

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences presented the exhibition 9/11: Reflections and Remembrances. This exhibition featured the photojournalistic work of eight alumni, who documented in the hours immediately following hijacked plane crashes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

2010-2011 Academic Year

Journalism:  Does It Have a Future, December 8, 2010

Joshua Benton, Director of the Nieman Lab of Journalism at Harvard University, addressed the topic of journalism future. Benton discussed how traditional news organizations have been wary of aggregation, but journalists have been active aggregators for years as they are the ones who are “aggregating” the brains of their sources for stories.

2009-2010 Academic Year

Finding News Media Jobs When the Future of Media is Unknow, October 28, 2009

Good journalism has not changed—it’s the platforms upon which journalism is delivered that are changed. This was the resounding theme from Virgil Smith, VP of talent management at Gannett Co. Inc.

2008-2009 Academic Year

News Media Today: A look at emerging career opportunities, April 15, 2009

Experts from newspaper, radio and TV outlets gathered to discuss transformation. The panel discussed issues such as who is the current news audience, how people will get their news in the future, and increasing readership/viewership utilizing various multimedia platforms.

News Media Transformed, But Who’s the Audience?, October 21, 2008

With more and more major newspapers in the United States downsizing their print operations and moving toward publishing online, the future of the news media industry is uncertain.  Experts discussed this and the types of jobs and skills needed as the industry shifts focus.

2007-2008 Academic Year

Sprinting a Marathon: The newspaper transformation today, April 30, 2008

Michael G. Kane, President & Publisher, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, focused on the changing business model that is emerging within the news publishing industry. The successful future of this industry depends on the acceptance and appreciation of new technology and methods for how news content is now distributed.