Faculty of Arts and Education

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation


Technological Change and the U.S. Press System: Disruptive, But Not Fatal


Public Lecture with CCG's Thinker in Residence Professor Stephen Lacy
6pm Friday 26 July, State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation is pleased to invite you to a public lecture, with Thinker in Residence Professor Stephen Lacy, presented in partnership with the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

From the Internet to cell phones to cable and satellite television, digital technology has inundated U.S. journalism during the past 30 years. The resulting disruption has eroded the press system's financial foundation, leading to an ongoing transformation of the system. Professor Stephen Lacy of Michigan State University will address the impact and implications of technological change on the journalism that connects Americans with their communities. In particular, he will discuss how technology changes citizen's access to news and opinion content; how the erosion of financial support affects newsrooms; and how the information market responds to these changes. In addition, he will outline the long-term implications of these trends for U.S. journalism.

Guests will be invited to join Professor Lacy for refreshments from 8:00pm.

Registration is essential. This is a free event.


Stephen LacyProfessor Stephen Lacy, School of Journalism
Michigan State University, United States of America

Professor Lacy, a visiting Thinker in Residence at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, is an internationally known authority on news content analysis and media management and economics.

For 30 years, Professor Lacy has studied a wide-range of media, including commercial newspapers, radio and television. Since 2007, he has studied the citizen journalism movement in the United States with funding from National Science Foundation, Knight Foundation, Pew Foundation, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. His citizen journalism research is an extension of his earlier work on African-American newspapers and non-mainstream newspapers at the end of the 19th Century.

Professor Lacy has authored or coauthored more than 150 scholarly articles and papers, 12 book chapters and four books. He is former co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics. In addition, Professor Lacy has held several senior portfolios and received numerous awards, including the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for career scholarship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2010.

During his visit to Deakin University, Professor Lacy will conduct research with the faculty, facilitate a workshop on research methodology for HDR students and ECRs, present a seminar on content analysis and media and consult with administration.


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26th July 2013