Trent University Invites Community to a Talk on the Future of Journalism


Visiting professor from Loyalist College to share expertise

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Peterborough

Journalist and professor in the journalism programme at Loyalist College, Mr. Robert Washburn will be speaking to the public on "Hyperlocal media and the future of journalism," on Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at Bagnani Hall, Traill College, Trent University.

Prof. Washburn instructs in the new Journalism - Online, Print and Broadcast Program at Loyalist College, where he teaches the uses of new technologies in journalism. He is the innovation editor for, where he launched the Canadian Hyperlocal Journalism Project aimed at building resources to assist those interested in this emerging area.

Washburn served for four years on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Journalists, with one year as chairman. He has worked for more than 25 years as a journalist in newspapers, magazines and radio and has won both the Educational Technology Committee award for Innovative Teaching with Technology and the Canadian New Media Award for Educator of the Year in 2007.

The talk will be followed by an informal discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Students and faculty interested in journalism and all members of the Trent community are warmly invited to attend.


For more information, please contact: Karen Maki, director, Post-secondary Partnerships, Distance Education & Curriculum Development 705-748-1011, ext. 7133,, or Suzanne Bailey at 705-748-1011 ext. 6039,