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Café Society: The New Face of Journalism - Hot or Not?

Hunter S. Thompson’s reminds us of how journalism is an ever-evolving entity. His unconventional methodology, termed “gonzo journalism”, redefined investigative reporting. While many columnists paid tribute to him in the last few weeks as an inspiration for their work, others feel he tarnished the integrity of the industry. What are the rules the govern over journalism? Are they too loose or strict?

Today, blogging is being debated over as the “new journalism”. A blog is similar to a journal where anyone can voice their thoughts, opinions, outrage and the occasional fact and is published on a webpage. Over the last year blogs have had a prominent impact on events including, most recently, outing Jeff Gannon as a faux news reporter.

How is journalism defined? What qualifies someone as a journalist? Are bloggers journalists? What is the responsibility of the writer to the audience?

Join us this week at Cafe Society to discuss the changing face of journalism.

This weeks articles:

Special Guests:

The Public Square at the IHC welcomes Tracy Van Slyke and Jessica Clark from In These Times.

Associate Publisher Tracy Van Slyke has dedicated much of her career as a journalist and communications professional to building an independent media infrastructure. In her current position she works to build In These Times’ relationship with other media outlets and national organizations and to guide the magazine’s strategic development. Tracy is currently serving as Vice President of Print for the Chicago Association of Women Journalists. Prior to coming to the magazine, she served as Communications Director for the National Training and Information Center, a national non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening grassroots organizations. In 2000, she worked in Knight Ridder’s Washington, D.C. bureau during the presidential campaign, covering national politics and events.

Managing Editor Jessica Clark also served as the magazine’s associate publisher from mid 2002-summer 2004. She actively works on media reform initiatives, serving as a member of the steering committee for the Chicago office of the Independent Press Association, and helping to coordinate the controversial 2003 traveling exhibit Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age. Previously LiP Magazine’s co-editor (, she also spent a number of years developing print and online publications for educational organizations, including, the Library of Congress, and the Field Museum.

For more informaiton, please contact Kristin Millikan at 312.422.5580.