Award-winning journalist at Harvard discusses future of journalism Dec. 8

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Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, began blogging when President Bill Clinton was in office. The award-winning journalist, who spent 10 years working in the newspaper industry, has been part of the evolution of journalism.

Benton will be the featured speaker of the Paul and Louise Miller Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Neblette Conference Room of Frank E. Gannett Hall. The topic of Benton’s talk is “Journalism: Does it Have a Future?” Benton’s presentation is part of the Social Media and Communication Symposium at RIT on Wednesday.

Because of the Internet’s constant stream of news and information, the Nieman Lab is a collaborative effort to help traditional news organizations survive and journalists adjust to their online roles. The lab works with the Harvard Business School, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Prior to coming to Harvard, Benton worked at The Dallas Morning News. His reports about cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district. Benton won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

The Paul and Louise Miller Lecture series is part of RIT’s School of Print Media’s 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 Print Media.