The New News

Lecture Series

February 11, 2015


Assembly Hall

The American newsroom is quickly evolving, changing the way people get information on the major events and issues in world around them.  Gone are the days when viewers had to huddle in front of the TV to watch the evening broadcast. With the sophistication of disrupters like BuzzFeed, Gawker and VICE, and the coming of age of millennials, today’s news is often provided via high-velocity headlines on easy to use online platforms. But how do these modern news media players impact journalism as a whole? Are these popular news sites overly sensationalist, or simply making journalism more accessible to the masses? Do they have an agenda? Can they match traditional news outlets in depth, substance, and accuracy? And, does the mixing of hard news with lighter fare dilute their product or strengthen it?

Join the IOP as Rocco Castoro, Editor in Chief of VICE; Max Read, Editor in Chief of Gawker; and Ben Smith, Editor in Chief of BuzzFeed discuss media in the 21st Century. These pioneers of modern journalism will reflect on the nature of their work, how they view their roles as disrupters, and what’s next for journalism.

Free and open to the public.  Registration required.  Reserved your seat at

This event is sponsored by the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and the Institute of Politics.

About the Institute of Politics

Created by former White House Senior Advisor and Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod (AB ’76), the Institute of Politics formally opened in January 2013.  The goal of the Institute is to enrich the political discourse and to help inspire a new generation of leaders by providing opportunities for students to engage with the leading public servants and political practitioners of our time. The Institute seeks to do this through three principal means: 1) Public lectures and panel discussions; 2) A program for visiting fellows; and 3) Student internships and civic engagement opportunities. Since its launch in January 2013 the IOP has presented over 400 guest speakers, hosted 34 Fellows and over 200 Fellows seminars, and placed over 500 students in internships around the world.