Millennials and News Summit: The Real Challenge to the Future of Journalism and Journalism Education

Nov. 5, 2010

Event: Millennials-the generation born between the early '80s and '90s-are digital natives who are constantly connected and ready to consume information day and night. But will the news—whether delivered in traditional formats, through social networking or smartphones—hold the interest of this well-educated, civically engaged generation?

The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism is hosting the "Millennials and News Summit" where scholars, journalists, and Millennials will convene to discuss the ramifications of a generation that does not consume the news at high rates and explore ideas for engaging the youngest generation in news-before it's too late.

When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: LBJ Room, Jesse H. Jones Communication Center Building A, Room 5.160

Background: Some of the featured summit speakers include: Peter Levine, director of Circle (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) at Tufts University; Tod Robberson, Pulitzer Prize winner and editorial writer at the Dallas Morning News; Sandy Woodcock, director of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation; and Amy Zerba, journalism professor at the University of Florida, an expert on young adults and news, and a former producer for CNN Online.

The Millennials and News is part of Journalism professor Paula Poindexter's course "Journalism, Society and the Citizen Journalist," which she developed for the Carnegie Corporation of New York Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

A complete conference schedule is available online.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071; Paula Poindexter, 512-695-6879.