Lehigh’s student-run newspaper, The Brown and White, continues the celebration of its 125th anniversary by welcoming back Marty Baron ’76, ’76G, ’14H, executive editor at The Washington Post for a spirited discussion on the future of journalism.
Along with the Department of Journalism and Communication, The Brown and White is hosting the event, “The Future of Journalism: A Conversation with The Brown and White,” Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall at the Zoellner Arts Center. It is free and open to the public, although registration is encouraged.
The format is set up to be a conversation between Baron, a former editor of The Brown and White, and three editors from Lehigh’s newspaper, who will ask questions. Those who register for the event are able to submit questions for consideration.
“It's called ‘The Future of Journalism,’ but I'm sure we'll look back at his past a little bit at Lehigh,” says Jack Lule, professor and chair of the department of journalism and communication. “And what he learned here, what he did here and then what he's doing now, but also journalism in general.”
The industry has undergone dramatic change and economic pressures as print circulation declines, newsrooms shrink and readers shift to online sources. The industry also has been at odds with the Trump administration, which has leveled accusations of fake news.
“The field is in a lot of disarray at the moment so having him talk about that—he's right on the front lines—it would be really interesting,” Lule says.
Baron’s success in journalism, combined with the impact he had during his time working on The Brown and White as editor in chief, made him an easy choice to headline the event, Lule says. While many other alumni have gone on to have successful careers, not all majored in journalism at Lehigh or served in the capacity Baron did on The Brown and White.
Lule also stressed the importance of featuring someone with a connection to The Brown and White, rather than someone who is known only for their impact on the industry.
“Part of the idea is that The Brown and White has been this great experience, and has been instrumental in producing really good, not only journalists, but people in all sorts of walks of life and Marty's just a great example of that,” Lule says. “In some ways he exemplifies it. … A big name, that would be all well and good but it wouldn't have that Lehigh connection. Marty was an editor of The Brown and White. So it’s sort of that's where he got his start.”