Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Room 227 of the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The founder of the media reform organization Free Press will discuss “Intellectuals, the Media and the Crisis of Our Times” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in room 227 of Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. The speech is free and open to the public.
Dr. Robert McChesney, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Nieman Lecture. McChesney is the author of several books about the journalism industry, including his most recently published Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media.
The lecture is part of a series chaired by Bonnie S. Brennen, Nieman Chair and professor of journalism at Marquette. The Nieman Chair and lecture series was endowed in honor of Lucius W. Nieman, who founded the Milwaukee Journal in 1882 at age 24 and served as the paper’s long-time editor-in-chief.
McChesney asserts that in response to the “crisis” of a drastically shrinking news industry, the government needs to step in and financially support journalism for the benefit of an informed citizenry and the future of democracy.
“We are entering historically uncharted territory in America,” McChesney said. “The collapse of journalism and the democratic infrastructure it sustains is not a development that anyone looks forward to. Such a crisis demands solutions equal to the task.”
In addition to presenting a public address, the Nieman Lecturers meet with Marquette University students and faculty.
“Dr. McChesney is truly a public intellectual and his work is accessible to everyone,” Brennen said. “I think he’s one of the few individuals in media studies today who considers the big picture. He draws on his research in broadcast history to help understand contemporary issues facing the press.”
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