Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, was among the featured speakers at the RIT Social Media and Communication Symposium on Dec. 8. He also delivered the School of Print Media’s Paul and Louise Miller Lecture about the future of journalism. Benton said that as someone who grew up in a poor town in South Louisiana, his sources for news were a small, daily newspaper and Dan Rather. Benton believes journalism is better than it was in the past and the ability for everyone to publish on the Internet is an amazing innovation. Benton says that 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. Before coming to Harvard, Benton was an award-winning education reporter at The Dallas Morning News.