The course explored the theory and practice of new media, especially as it relates to cultural and political journalistic outlets. In alternating weeks, the course took place in classroom spaces on the Miami University campus and Reason's D.C. offices, where Gillespie, a Ph.D. in literature and a 20-year veteran of journalism, led web-based videoconferences with journalists, authors, and policy analysts.
On October 29, Gillespie and his class spoke with Andrew Ferguson, author of the highly praised books Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America and Fools' Names and Fools' Faces. He is senior editor of The Weekly Standard and a columnist for Bloomberg News based in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Standard at its founding in 1995, he was senior editor at the Washingtonian magazine. He has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and Forbes FYI, and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He has also written for the New Yorker, New York, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. In 1992, he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. Approximately 60 minutes.
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