Purdue alumnus to discuss newspaper evolution, digital age

October 21, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Joey Marburger, a Purdue alumnus and the director of Digital Products and Design at the Washington Post, will speak at the university on Oct. 30 about the digital evolution of the newspaper industry.

The talk, titled "Transforming Media: In the Trenches of the Digital Revolution," is free and open to the public, and begins at 5:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Marburger's talk is part of the Communication Innovators series by the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication, PICC. The forum will be preceded by a reception, 3-5 p.m., open to the public at the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118. Light refreshments will be served.

"This is an exciting time for news media with more digital demands from consumers, and as the industry balances information and making a profit," said Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, the founder and executive director of PICC.

The event will be live streamed at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/s9o5c. The event will be interactive with live audience polling and opportunities to ask questions at microphones or via Twitter (@PurdueICC). Two students, Kirsten Gibson, special projects editor for the Purdue Exponent and a senior majoring in Spanish and linguistics, and Christopher Doty, a senior in political science, will moderate discussion with the audience.

Marburger graduated in 2007 from Purdue where he studied professional writing and creative writing, and had minors in communication and computer science. He also has worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana, Indianapolis Star, and Gannett Co. At the Washington Post, he created the app for iPad and other digital innovations that are expected to figure in plans for creating profitability under the new owner, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, Curiel said.

PICC is a university-wide initiative based in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts. It is made possible by a grant from the nonprofit Bill Daniels Fund of Colorado.

Since 2010, the program has helped students to sharpen critical thinking and communication skills and to build professional networks. The students interact with historians, government officials, journalists, media executives, issues experts and successful practitioners in their fields of interest via video links in class, in forums the students produce on campus and during off-campus classes.

So far, 54 students from fields as varied as communication and nuclear engineering have been selected to participate in the program's annual class in Washington D.C. in May. Participation in PICC is voluntary for students outside of classes taught by Curiel, who is a clinical professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, and who formerly served as a senior White House aide and a U.S. Ambassador. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Carolyn Curiel, curiel@purdue.edu

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