Navigating the new news

by James Swanger

Social media has drastically influenced journalism. On March 15, Rex Smith, the vice president and editor of the Albany Times Union will visit FM to give a lecture on “Navigating the New News.”

Smith will be holding an assembly in the theatre on campus at 12:30. He will be speaking on the Barto Lecture Series in conjunction with the FM Foundation.

The series is named after Dr. William M. Barto, a former FM professor of Psychology and History. Barto was killed in August 2000 from a motor vehicle accident at age 37. Barto initiated the tradition of inviting guest speakers to FM.

Smith is a graduate of Trinity University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the host of the nationally syndicated program “The Media Project” on NPR.

The lecture will discuss the transition from print media to electronic delivery methods, along with how the shift has affected keeping people informed. Another topic is students not understanding problems in the news.

Dr. Stephen Astmann, an adjunct instructor of English at FM said,”[Rex] is a person with local and national recognition and stature. [He is a] great person to have talk to others about this transition from print media to digital media news.”

Rex Smith, Monday Feb. 18, 2013. (Will Waldron /Times Union)
Rex Smith.

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