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New York Times Media Columnist Brian Stelter Will Speak at U of M March 22

For release: March 14, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520

Steven McKenzie
Brian Stelter

The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis will present a talk by Brian Stelter, groundbreaking young media columnist for The New York Times, March 22 in the University Center Theatre. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the talk at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public.

In this new era of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Blogger, news seldom breaks on the front page of newspapers. In “Old Media, New Media, Your Media,” Stelter reveals how the wrenching changes in the newspaper, TV, radio and Internet industries are actually beneficial for the up-and-coming generation of journalists.

In the recent documentary Page One, veteran reporter David Carr joked, “I still can’t get over the feeling that Brian Stelter was a robot assembled in the basement of The New York Times to come and destroy me.”

Stelter began his journalism career as founder and editor of TVNewser, a blog about the television news industry, which he sold to Media Bistro in 2004. Still in his mid-twenties, he now works for the nation’s “paper of record,” writing about television, the Web and the news. He also posts for the paper’s blog, Media Decoder.

The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities presents the 30th annual Freedom of Information Congress in conjunction with the Society of Professional Journalists, the Department of Journalism and Student Event Allocation.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

For more information about this event or any of the programs of the Marcus W. Orr Center, visit or call Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520.

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