Pulitzer Prize winner to discuss scary future of newspapers

MONTGOMERY, AL. – Ask anyone in the news business and they will tell you what is scary this Halloween isn't ghosts or goblins, but the future of the American newspaper industry. Pulitzer Prize winner Warren Lerude will discuss its frightening fate on Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Auburn Montgomery's Moore Hall. The free event is the 2010 installment of AUM's annual Robert Ingram Lecture Series in Mass Communication.

Lerude has worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in Reno, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles and as editor and publisher of the Reno Evening Gazette/Nevada State Journal. In 1977, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. He served as an inaugural member of USA Today's editorial page advisory board and the Freedom Forum's Newseum advisory committee. He has also served on seven Pulitzer Prize juries at Columbia University.

For 28 years Lerude taught Media Law, First Amendment and Society, and Media Management for the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He continues to serve as professor emeritus at the university, administering its international professional internship program.

The Ingram Lecture Series was created in honor of Alabama political reporter and commentator Robert Ingram. For more than half a century, he gave Alabamians an insider's view of the state's political workings, writing for the Cherokee County Herald, Gadsden Times and Montgomery Advertiser and covering many of the state's extraordinary events – from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the rise and fall of George C. Wallace.

Sponsored by the AUM Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts and the Office of Advancement, the series has brought some of the nation's top journalists and writers to Montgomery since it was established in 1989. Past speakers have included Howell Raines of the New York Times, John Cochran of NBC News, local favorites like Paul Finebaum and Kathryn Tucker Windham, "Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom and many more.

For more information, call 334-244-3379.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Montgomery