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Brian Richardson Discusses the News Business on NPR affiliate WMRA

— by on December 13th, 2008

Brian Richardson, professor of journalism and mass communications at Washington and Lee University, discussed the news business on NPR affiliate WMRA’s Virginia Insight show on Monday, Dec. 15.

Richardson is a former reporter and bureau chief for the Miami Herald newspaper and is now head of W&L’s department of journalism and mass communications. He appeared on the show with Maria Hileman, managing editor of The Winchester Star, and McGregor McCance, managing editor of the Charlottesville-based Daily Progress.

The wide-ranging conversation, which included calls from listeners, focused on the future of newspapers, the impact of the World Wide Web, and the importance of economic models that will allow traditional newspapers to translate their information to the Web in a cost-effective way. In addition, Richardson discussed the importance of teaching ethics to journalists as part of their training.