CSU Hosts Journalists Panel to Discuss Future of Media Jan. 29

In the face of ever-changing technologies, the role of media also continues to transform. To discuss the evolving future of the media, Colorado State University will host a journalist and former journalist panel in Denver at 7 a.m., Jan. 29 at the CSU Denver Center, 410 17th Street. The panel features many CSU alumni.

“This should be an informative panel, with a good deal of real world experience and advice about how to prepare and react to continuing changes in the media,” said Greg Luft, CSU Journalism and Technical Communication chair and who will be the moderator for this media panel.

The panel will include:

  • Eric Brown, a CSU alumnus, communications director for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Eric pursued a new career after working for the Denver Rocky Mountain News. He is a 15-year newspaper veteran, was city editor — the newsroom manager in charge of local news at the News when it closed in February 2009. He formerly was an editor and reporter for the Greeley Tribune and worked at newspapers in Texas.
  • Mike Noe, became the Senior Director of Recruiting and Projects at Examiner.com, a growing entity that has been called, citizen journalism. He had dealt with online operations at the former Denver Rocky Mountain News. He is working on building a university-focused Examiner.com
  • Denver Post reporter, Allison Sherry, graduated from CSU in 2000. She covers a range of topics, but has recently honed her reporting on stories about the recession and economic recovery.
  • Anne Trujillo, a CSU parent and Channel 7 News anchorwoman has been recognized for her reporting and anchoring work by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, The Associated Press and Women in Communication.

“The panel members are and have been in the middle of many changes in the media during the past several years,” said Luft. “They represent a variety of venues, including Television News, Newspapers, Political communication, online news and magazines.”

To prepare its future journalists, the CSU Journalism and Technical Communications Department and Luft have made necessary additions to the curriculum.

“We are continually adapting our courses and overall curriculum to match the demands of the communication industry, which is a very broad industry with many new avenues for student professional growth,” said Luft. “Our efforts include integrating new industry practices, techniques and theories into existing courses, and creating new courses, along with staying up to date with the hardware and software required for comprehensive student learning.”

Tickets to the media panel and networking breakfast cost $10 for CSU alumni association members and $15 for non-members. Attendees may register and purchase tickets for the event at the CSU Alumni Association events Web site (http://www.alumni.colostate.edu/Events.aspx).