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Wonder of Words: ‘Old News, New News: 220 Years of Journalistic Wisdom’

Iowa journalism professionals with 220 years of combined media experience will reflect on the past and future of the industry during a free panel discussion at Drake University on Thursday, November 13.

“Old News, New News: 220 Years of Journalistic Wisdom” will begin at 7 p.m. in Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave. It is free and open to the public, and moderated by Kathleen Richardson, dean of Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as part of the Wonder of Words Festival.

Participants will discuss their careers, as well the future of journalism and how the internet is changing the way stories are covered. Panelists include Iowa Public Radio news director Rob Dillard, Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu, 1700 AM – The Champ sports announcer Larry Cotlar, Business Record publisher Janette Larkin and KCCI news director Dave Busiek.

Other Wonder of Words events at Drake this year include:

  • Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., a columnist for the Miami Herald and 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, will give a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.
  • Rollins Band and Black Flag front man Henry Rollins will deliver a public talk at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Sheslow Auditorium. Main Floor seating is $30 and balcony seating is $25; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The mission of the Wonder of Words Festival is to connect readers, writers, and publishers at events that celebrate reading and share the joy of lifelong learning. The Wonder of Words Festival is co-produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and the Des Moines Public Library. Visit http://wonderofwordsfest.com for more information.