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The news and online journalism industry through the eyes of a young Web publishist.

About me

Photo 3Hello! I’m Ben. I work at corporate PR/marketing agency Glasshouse Partnership and am pursuing a MSc in Electronic Publishing at City University London. I graduated in May 2008 from Central Michigan University with a B.Sc in news-editorial journalism and European studies. Previously I studied journalism at Dublin City University for a semester in 2006.

In addition to this blog, I also write for Econsultancy.

During my time as a student at Central Michigan University, I founded Grand Central Magazine, the university’s first online-only, student-produced magazine. It has since been adopted by the journalism department and is being offered as a practicum to journalism students.

I’m a native Michigander (yes, that’s what we’re called). I first got involved in journalism as a high school student, when I began working at the school’s radio station. At the time I didn’t realize that going downtown and interviewing my favorite bands qualified as anything other than being really fun, but apparently that’s journalism. I then went on to the school newspaper, and the rest is history.

I have experience in college media, daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, glossy magazines, online publications, news radio, public radio, wires, b2b and entertainment weeklies.

In February 2009 I launched CityOnline Magazine, City University London’s first independent student-produced Web magazine.

My interests are primarily in the development of Web-only publications and how they relate to community/hyperlocal and niche media. There’s a lot of talk about the ‘death of journalism’ and how the faltering of the print medium means journalism somehow has died a tragic death. True, newspapers are (were?) a big deal. Regardless, the march of the Digital Revolution continues. It can be slowed, but not stopped.

And I’m on the sidelines, cheering it on.

Find me online here:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BenLaMothe
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/benlamothe
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FriendFeed: http://friendfeed.com/benlamothe
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