Richard Stengel on Reinventing TIME

April 21, 2008

“Curate more and create less,” is the new mantra for the 21st century journalist, Richard Stengel TIME‘s managing editor told a standing room only crowd as he delivered the keynote address for the Third Annual Memorial Stuart Bullion Lecture in Journalism at The University of Mississippi. In a speech entitled “Reinventing Time” Stengel told students, faculty and the public attending the lecture, that journalists must focus more on the WHY rather than the WHAT and WHEN. Journalists must be moderators of information utilizing all the new technological tools and must not be afraid of voicing their opinion when they are the experts and authority on the subject matter at hand. He went on to say, if someone else is a better authority on a specific subject matter, you should not be afraid of sending them to that someone else.
Click here for preview from the Qs and As with Richard Stengel after his lecture. I will be posting his entire lecture and the Qs and As on the Department of Journalism website and on the Mr. Magazine website this coming Thursday.
I truly believe what Richard Stengel is doing at TIME and TIME.Com today is indeed building on the DNA that Henry Luce and Briton Hadden founded in 1923. Theirs was TIME for the 20th Century, Richard Stengel’s is TIME for the 21st Century. His energetic speech today was the talk of the students and faculty after he left. “Powerful, visionary and on the mark,” are but a few comments I have heard from students and faculty after the speech. He has his fingers right on the pulse of our industry and those with ears to listen better do so. I agree wholeheartedly and I can’t wait for my tech folks to finish the video processing in order to share the entire lecture and the questions and answers with y’all so you can judge for yourself.
How do I see the future of journalism, well, I have to agree with Richard Stengel, “the cup is indeed half full.” Let us work on filling it up!
For more videos from this and previous Ole Miss Department of Journalism events subscribe to our podcast at mcast.blip.tv
To read the report from The Daily Mississippian about Stengel’s visit please click here.

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