Public Accountability After the Age of Newspapers

9/25/2009

The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service present Paul Starr, professor of Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of The American Prospect, discussing Public Accountability After the Age of Newspapers from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

As major metropolitan newspapers around the country struggle to make ends meet, some see dark days ahead for our civic life. There are concerns about corruption on Beacon Hill and in Washington as the power of print journalism declines. Yet social media outlets such as Twitter, Blogger, and YouTube may empower citizens to watch elected officials more closely than ever.

Joining Starr to discuss the future of journalism and the impact of a changing news landscape will be Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, and Dan Kennedy, assistant professor at the Northeastern University School of Journalism and nationally recognized media critic.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.

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