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Athletes’ lives, blogging topics at Journalism Day, Oct. 18

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KINGSTON, R.I. –Oct. 15, 2007—The private lives of athletes and newspapers in the age of blogging will be the topics of “Journalism Day” Thursday, Oct. 18.

Presented by the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Journalism and the Rhode Island Press Association, “Journalism Day” is free and open to the public.

Here are the panel discussions details:

Newspapers in the Age of Blogging

10 a.m. to noon. Atrium, Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston.
Panelists: Tim Malcolm is custom publications editor for The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin and the author of "Our Age" blog, aimed at 20-somethings on the Bulletin's website. Mark Murphy is editor of The Providence Business News, who recently undertook a redesign of its website and decided not to include blogs. Murphy is a former editor of Golf World Magazine, and before that was a photographer and editor for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mike Cullen is a Newport resident who works for IBM and launched his own online discussion group in 2002 and serves as its moderator. Today, there are more than 285 subscribers, and there have been more than 3,500 postings. Moderator: Barbara Meagher Smith is a URI assistant professor of journalism.

Covering the Private Lives of Athletes

2 to 5 p.m. Memorial Union Ballroom. 50 Lower College Road, Kingston.
Panelists: Andy Gresh, a graduate of URI and former football player, is co-host of a morning sports talk radio show on The SCORE and a co-host of GameDay, an NFL preview show, Sundays on ESPN Radio. Robert L. Carothers is president of the University of Rhode Island who has seen a number of building projects on campus, a growing student enrollment with higher SATS, and an increase in diversity of students and faculty. The Providence Journal reporter Shalise Manza Young covers the New England Patriots. She has worked at the paper since 1994 when she was 17 years old and was an intern as part of the newspaper's Minorities in the Media program. John Hawkins, a writer for Golf World Magazine, the game's leading news weekly, has covered the PGA Tour for Golf World since 1996. His television credits include regular reports for ESPN and ESPN News. Moderator: Barbara F. Luebke is a URI professor of journalism.