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NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Jim Killam, Northern Star adviser
(815) 753-4239

February 8, 2008

Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled. No events will be held the week of Feb. 18 due to the tragedy that took place on our campus Feb. 14.

Northern Star alumni to sponsor
Feb. 23 symposium on new media

DeKalb — A symposium, “Exploring the New Media,” is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

Aimed at current news media staff and Northern Illinois University journalism and communication students, it is being sponsored by the Northern Star Alumni group.

Featured panelists include political blogger Markos Moulitas, founder of the Daily Kos; Diane Mermigas, contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter; Kurt Gessler, assistant managing editor/online at the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights; and Mitchell Locin, senior editor for electronic news for the Chicago Tribune. Moulitsas, Mermigas and Gessler are NIU graduates.

Northern Star adviser Jim Killam said the panel members will discuss the quickly changing media landscape. In particular, the focus will fall on how traditional news and entertainment outlets are being pressured by what some call “democratizing digital media” such as blogs, Web sites and delivery of information anytime, anywhere.

Questions for explorations include: As business models evolve, how will the mainstream media mesh the old and new effectively enough to stay solvent and compete?

Reservations can be made by contacting Maria Krull at (815) 753-0707 or at The program is free and open to the public and the media, as well as NIU students and faculty.

Following the symposium, a dinner will be held for attendees who make reservations in advance. The dinner will be $30 a person and begins at 6:30 p.m. A reception to include the panelists, students and other participating news media will precede the dinner.

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