The Brave New World of Journalism

A Citizen Media Symposium

Date and time

November 12-13, 2009

About this event

Distinguished journalist, José Vargas, examines the state of professional journalism, how news is collected and disseminated, how the boundaries between citizen and journalist often overlap, and the implications that all of these changes have for the future of journalism.

Vargas embodies the ongoing revolution in the field. Formerly a reporter about digital media and politics for the venerable Washington Post, he recently became Technology and Innovations Editor at the Huffington Post. This lecture, “The Brave New World of Journalism,” is part of the Center for the Study of Citizenship’s Citizen Media project.


Wayne State University Law School
Spencer Partrich Auditorium
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 4820


Keynote: José Antonio Vargas

Technology and innovations editor, Huffington Post

José was a national political reporter for the Washington Post, where he broke new ground with his in-depth coverage of the Internet's impact on politics. Among other issues, he's covered include video game culture, race and demographics, and HIV/AIDS. A year-long series he wrote on AIDS in Washington, D.C., is now the subject of "The Other City," a feature-length documentary released in 2010. In 2008, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the Virginia Tech massacre.

Chris Haller

Founder and CEO, digital engagement strategist

Chris is a nationally-recognized user experience designer and online engagement strategist, with a broad background in local government, urban and regional planning and communication technologies. These skills, combined with many years of experience in consulting for urban planning projects, are what brings Urban Interactive Studio's mission – to provide interactive solutions that allow citizens to participate in making our cities better places to live, work and play – to life. Co-author of Promising Practices in Online Engagement.

David Smith

Executive director, National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC measures and promotes civic engagement with the goal of building a more informed, engaged, giving and trusting citizenry. Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed Project Mobilze, and under his tenure, expanded from a team of 10 students to a national organization with activists in over 200 communities.


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