John Avlon - Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns

Columnist and political commentator John Avlon discusses the history of the American newspaper column and shares his views on where the newspaper industry is headed in what has proven to be a tumultuous period for all media.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:30pm @ Central Library

Columnist and political commentator John Avlon discusses his new book Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns.

Deadline Artists is a celebration of the American newspaper column. It includes columns by several masters of the craft, including: H.L. Mencken, Ernie Pyle, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Breslin, and Mike Royko. It also includes columns written by public figures, including one by Theodore Roosevelt that appeared in The Kansas City Star.

At a time of great transition in the news media, when obituaries for newspapers are being written every day, Deadline Artists makes the case for the continued relevance of opinion journalism.

During his Library appearance, Avlon will discuss many of the columns included in the book and will share his views on the future of American newspapers and the American newspaper column.

This event is co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.

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