The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University has become the go-to site for people interested in the future of media. On Oct. 6, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media will host Nieman Lab writer Justin Ellis who will share some of his insights and predictions about the industry with students.

As a writer for the Lab, Ellis reports on the transformation of the journalism industry through the development of new business models and experiments in technology. In his presentation, “What’s Next: Trends and Transformations in Modern Journalism,” Ellis will discuss Nieman Lab’s collaborative effort to determine the future of journalism and identify trends in the industry and career opportunities for future journalists.

“Students will gain insights about careers in the media from one the industry’s best observers,” said WVU Reed College of Media Dean Maryanne Reed. “Ellis’ work through Nieman Lab illuminates the challenges and opportunities facing young journalists today in the highly dynamic media marketplace.”

Ellis joined Nieman Lab in 2010. His current focus is on new forms of revenue, mobile technology and digital storytelling. He has covered companies including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFEED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

Ellis was previously a staff writer and columnist for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he covered areas such as business, politics, culture and technology. In 2009, he was part of the paper’s team to cover the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Ellis is a former Knight Digital Media Center fellow and researcher at Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has led workshops and panel discussions at SXSW Interactive, the Online News Association conference and the annual gathering of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Nieman Journalism Lab was founded in 2009 to explore the changing business of journalism. The Lab is part of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, which has offered fellowships to working journalists for over 75 years.

Ellis’ presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in room 205 Martin Hall and is free and open to the public. The event is part of the College’s “The Future of Media – NOW!” series, which explores current and emerging forms of media being practiced by journalists, professional communicators and non-traditional storytellers. It is also part of the College’s 75th anniversary celebration throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. The event is co-sponsored by the WVU Association of Black Journalists and is free and open to the public.



CONTACT: Kimberly Walker, WVU Reed College of Media

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