Journalism’s past and future


New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will be speaking on campus on April 12. Courtesy of Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, will be speaking on campus Tuesday, April 12, in the Sorensen Student Center.

Douthat’s lecture, “From the Yellow Press to the Fourth Estate and Back: How Journalism’s Past Became Journalism’s Future,” is being sponsored by the Utah Democracy Project and The New York Times Readership Program.

According to Don LaVange, executive program coordinator for the Center for the Study of Ethics, Douthat is a conservative columnist that brings a point of view that is similar to many on campus. This is something that should interest all students and he hopes many will attend.

“He is articulate and a very, very bright thinker, the kind of person we like to bring on campus,” LaVange said.

Along with writing for The New York Times, Douthat is a film critic for National Review and contributes to the video debate site www.BloggingHeads.tv He was also a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for www.TheAtlantic.com

He was the author of “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and co-authored “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in room SC 206A and B and will begin at 11:30 a.m and will go until 12.45 p.m. Box lunches will also be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

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