THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM
Monmouth College, in conjunction with its Communication Studies Department, will sponsor an all-star panel discussion on the ‘future of journalism.’ Three esteemed alumni panelists with extensive expertise in the journalism field will join moderator and Visiting Professor Joe Angotti. This program is funded through the college’s Buch Fund for alumni returning to campus and by the Public Affairs Committee.
Set to occur on Thursday, April 15 at 7pm in Wallace Hall 114, the alumni panelists will discuss their perceptions of the direction that modern journalism is taking. Several key questions will be addressed, including:
- What will happen to newspapers?
- Where will we get our news?
- Will there be a need for trained and experienced journalists in the internet age?
Joining Angotti in the discussion will be former Monmouth alums, Jane Carlson, Jay Dickerson, and John Sharp. “I expect this to be a fervent, lively and highly educational forum,” said Angotti. “The overall alterations in the dynamics of the news profession, coupled with the rapid changes in technology, the business of journalism is changing rapidly.”
Jane Carlson - graduated from cum laude Monmouth College in 1998 with a degree in English. At MC, she was editor-in-chief of The Oracle for two years, twice received the college’s Rosanna Graham Webster award for creative writing. From 2006 to 2009, she worked at The Register-Mail, first as education reporter and then as features editor. Jane returned to her alma mater in 2009 in a joint position as director of student publications, for which she advises the student newspaper and literary magazine, and a development research officer identifying and qualifying prospective donors to the college.
Jay Dickerson - graduated from Monmouth College in 1999 with a double major in English and Communications and Theater Arts. He worked as the editor of the Tri-County Press in Cuba City, Wis., from 2000-2001; as features editor at the Gaylord Herald Times in Gaylord, Mich., from 2001-2003; and since 2003 has served as the editor of The Galena Gazette in Galena, Ill. He and his wife Hillary, a 2000 Monmouth College graduate and the editor of the Republican Journal in Darlington, Wis., live in Galena and have three daughters.
John Sharp - is the City Hall beat reporter with the Peoria Journal Star as well as an adjunct journalism instructor and student publications adviser at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. He is a 1998 graduate at Monmouth College, having double majored in Speech Communications and Business Administration. John also has a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He co-authors a Monday political column called Word on the Street and the daily blog, Word on the Web.