A plan to raise funds to digitize nearly a century of the archives of The Setonian is scheduled to be announced Saturday, Oct. 3. This means access to all archives of Seton Hall University’s student newspaper, the first issue was published in 1924, would be available to anyone at their convenience.
These plans cap The Setonian’s celebration of its 90th anniversary.
“It would allow for search-ability throughout the years, giving alumni, students, faculty and members of the University community access to the rich history of The Setonian,” Associate Director of Alumni Clubs Robert Mayers (2010, M.B.A. 2012) said.
Mayers said that preliminary ideas have been discussed between faculty and other alumni, including Writer-in-Residence and journalism professor Anthony DePalma (1975) and Setonian Alumni Club leader Brian Wisowaty (2011). Wisowaty currently works at MSNBC, coordinating graphics for selected programs.
This announcement coincides with the Setonian Reunion Panel Discussion and Networking event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chancellor’s Suite of the Bishop Dougherty University Center. The event, hosted by the Alumni Association, is a panel discussion about the current state of journalism in New Jersey at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Various leaders in New Jersey media, including former Global Editions Editor of the New York Times and current Executive Editor of The Record Martin Gottlieb, Vice President for News for WNYC-FM Jim Schachter and Editorial Page Editor for The Star-Ledger Tom Moran, are scheduled to speak at the event. The Record is an award-winning regional newspaper that has broken many important stories, include the Bridgegate affair. WNYC-FM is a New York public radio station that runs New Jersey Public Radio, and The Star-Ledger is the largest newspaper publication in New Jersey with over 300,000 newspapers in circulation daily.
The speakers will discuss the climate of news coverage in New Jersey and the consequences of that shift in coverage for the people of the state, said DePalma, moderator of the panel discussion. Speakers will touch on how their organizations have responded to the rapid changes in news since 2008 and what lies ahead for them and for news consumers in the state.
Following this, a second panel will see The Setonian’s Editor in Chief Mary Marshall and former Setonian editor Wisowaty, among others, speak of similar issues on the collegiate level.
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