Online Journalist to Speak on Media Convergence in the 21st Century

Posted: October 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Innovative online journalist Rob Curley will speak at the Fairfax Campus on Monday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in SUB II, rooms 5-7. Curley is the director of new media for the World Company and the leader of World Online, the Internet division of the Lawrence Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff, and students.

In 2004, the Newspaper Association of America named Curley’s site,, the best entertainment site in the nation. The online division of the Journal-World continues to gain international attention, and its sports site,, was named the best sports site in the nation.

“Rob Curley’s cross-platform approach to journalism is on the cutting edge in the 21st century,” says Steve Klein, professor and coordinator of the Communication Department’s Electronic Journalism Program. “You might wonder what a little paper in a college town with a circulation of about 20,000 might have to teach us, but when you look at the manner in which Curley integrates the print product with their three online sites (,, and, you begin to see a media company that truly understands and delivers news that its customers and consumers want when they want it.”

Curley will speak on the innovations of online journalism, and will discuss the impact web logs, or “blogs,” are having on the current media. The event was coordinated by Klein for students in his Introduction to Journalism courses and by Michele Braithwaite, director of Student Media.

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