Newsroom Places & Spaces in a Post-Industrial Age

| April 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Tow Fellow Nikki Usher presents a panel discussion on her Tow Center Tow/Knight Project Newsroom Places and Spaces. Her project journeys to newsrooms that show a prominent sign of an adaptation to a post-industrial world: newsrooms that have left their buildings for smaller spaces, often entirely designed around the idea of a digital-first model, or that have repurposed their space to make way for non-journalists, hoping for synergy and a way to fill empty space.

Panelists include:

  • Rick Hirsch, Managing Editor of The Miami Herald | @rickhirsch
  • Randy Brubaker, Senior News Director, Investigative Reporting, Des Moines Register | @RandyBrubaker
  • Aurora Wallace, Clinical Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
  • Moderated by: Tow Fellow Nikki Usher | @nikkiusher

Lunch will be served. Space is limited. RSVP here.

About the Panelists:

Randy Brubaker is Senior News Director of Investigative Reporting at the Des Moines Register

Rick Hirsch is the Managing Editor of The Miami Herald.

Nikki Usher is an assistant professor at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Her work focuses on the intersection of news and digital change, and she uses field research to look at what news production practices can tell us about the state of the news industry both in the U.S. and internationally. Her first book, Making News at The New York Times, will be out from University of Michigan Press in Spring 2014. She was a journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, continues to blog for Nieman Journalism Lab, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication in 2011.

Aurora Wallace is the author of Media Capital: Architecture and Communication in New York City (University of Illinois Press, 2012), Newspapers and the Making of Modern America (2005), as well as articles in Journalism HistoryPhilosophy and GeographySpace and CultureEnvironmental Values, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Crime, Media, Culture. She received her PhD from McGill University and was a Fulbright Scholar from 1998-2000. She is a professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

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