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What can be done to ensure the future of newspapers?

Feb. 11, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students and faculty along with other professionals are invited to compete in a Best Papers Competition being held in conjunction with an upcoming conference on the future of newspapers in the digital age.

The conference will focus on the theme "Can an Educated Society be Sustained Solely by Digitization?" It will examine the future of newspapers and society on Saturday, March 27, in the WMU Fetzer Center.

"This conference is probably the first of its kind in the nation," says Dr. Andrew Targowski, WMU professor of business and information systems and conference chairman. "We hope it will serve as a model for similar forums at other universities and colleges in other states."

The deadline for papers is Monday, March 15. All papers should answer the question, either specifically or generally, "What can be done to ensure the future of newspapers."

Submissions may be either research or position papers and should fall into one of four major categories:

  • Editorial model focusing or solutions involving newspaper content
  • Economic vitality model with solutions involving the leadership, management or human resources, capital and distribution of the publishing company
  • Environmental accountability model involving paper versus digital issues
  • Social responsibility model focusing on an informed or uninformed society.

Each of those categories will be divided into professional, academic or student subcategories. Each subcategory will be awarded $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. A panel of academics and professionals will judge the entries, evaluating them for originality and creativity; knowledge and understanding of the industry; quality of writing, research and presentation; and adherence to submission guidelines and rules.

For more information on the conference, visit wmich.edu/business/newspapers. Detailed competition guidelines can be found by clicking the "call for papers" link.

The conference is sponsored by the WMU Haworth College of Business, the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the National Newspaper Association.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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