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Words in a Changing World: From Bradford to Bloggers - A special one-day conference on the future of the written word

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The Center for the Written Word at Cardome

Presents

Words in a Changing World: From Bradford to Bloggers
A special one-day conference on the future of the written word

Do we need newspapers? How has the written word shaped our world? What can we learn from the past?

Join us for a spirited discussion of these questions and more at a unique one-day conference, “Words in a Changing World:  From Bradford to Bloggers,” on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at The Center for the Written Word at Cardome, 800 Cincinnati Road, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Keynote speaker John Carroll — who led the Los Angeles Times to 13 Pulitzer Prizes and the Lexington Herald-Leader to one when he was editor of those publications — will discuss why newspapers matter. 

The conference kicks off with registration at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by a talk on pioneer printer John Bradford, publisher of the state’s first newspaper, the Kentucky Gazette. Panelists will discuss Bradford’s role in bringing civic literacy to Kentucky and how newspapers continue this today. Tom Eblen, columnist and former managing editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, will discuss Bradford and moderate the panel, which also includes Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and associate extension professor, School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky; Mike Farrell, professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center; Liz Hansen, professor and chair of Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Communications; Al Smith, veteran journalist, author and former host of the public affairs television program “Comment on Kentucky,” and Steve Vest, founder and editor-in-chief of Kentucky Monthly.  

The second panel, “Print Journalism at the Crossroads,” begins at 4 p.m. Informed by Bradford and the history of newspapers in Kentucky, panelists will discuss the future of journalism. Where will we go next? To blogs and cyberspace? To a less-informed landscape than the one we inhabit now? Panelists include Peter Baniak, editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader; Laura Cullen Glasscock, publisher and editor of the Kentucky Gazette; John Nelson, editor of the Danville Advocate-Messenger; David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association; and Richard Wilson, a retired news bureau chief and columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Following the panel discussions, the Center will unveil an exhibit on Bradford. It is the inaugural exhibit of the Museum of the Written Word, which is located on property once owned by the Bradford family.  

The day concludes with cocktails, dinner and an address by keynote speaker John Carroll, former editor of the Los Angeles Times, Lexington Herald-Leader and Philadelphia Inquirer

Afternoon panels are free of charge; there is a $50 fee for the reception and dinner. To register contact  Debbie Hoskins, conference facilitator, 859.583.1716 or debrafhoskins@gmail.com  or  Center for the Written Word at Cardome, 502.863.1575, ext. 10 or cardomecenter@gmail.com.



Contact:
Debbie Hoskins, conference facilitator, 859.583.1716 or debrafhoskins@gmail.com
Center for the Written Word at Cardome, 502.863.1575, ext. 101 or cardomecenter@gmail.com


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The Center for the Written Word and the Museum of the Written Word celebrate, chronicle and explore the meaning of written language and how it has shaped our history, culture and humanity. The Museum and Center are located at Cardome, a historic property in Scott County, Kentucky. Suzanne Concannon Cassidy is the executive director of the Center and Museum. 



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