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Library event examines importance of free student press

Drake University’s next “Live! at the Drake Library” event will feature a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 21, on student journalism and the benefits of a free student press.

The event, titled “What Does it Mean to Have a Free Press on Campus?”, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reading Room at Cowles Library, 28th Street and University Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The discussion will feature a panel of Drake graduates and students who are former Times Delphic editors. Clark Bell, a 1973 Drake graduate who serves as journalism program director at the McCormick Foundation, will moderate the discussion.

Panel participants are:

  • David Bell, a 1977 Drake graduate and publisher of the Vandalia Leader-Union
  • Amy Duncan, a 1988 Drake graduate and publisher of the Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune
  • Matt Vasilogambros, a Drake senior and former editor-in-chief of the Times Delphic

In addition to the presentation, a retrospective display of Drake student newspapers will be located in the James Collier Heritage Room. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the release of the Drake Times Delphic Digital Collection through the Cowles Library website.

RSVP to susan.breakenridge@drake.edu or 515-271-3994.