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Grand Valley State University’s School of Communications hosted local journalism veterans to speak about the changes in journalism.

Dan Gaydou, Mlive Media Group President, and Paul Keep, Mlive Media Group Executive Editor of Print, gave a speech titled “Changes in Journalism,” February 20th, 2012 at the Loosemore Auditorium to students, faculty, and the community. Gaydou and Keep’s speech is part of a series of events the School of Communications is sponsoring known as “SOC HOPP”: School of Communications, Hear Other Professors and Professionals. The purpose is to provide more interaction among students, faculty and the community on common communication subjects.

Facing financial losses and an uncertain direction for print media, newspapers are turning to the the internet, to consolidate their future. “Journalism isn’t going anywhere,” said Gaydou. “It’s going everywhere.” With Mlive.com web traffic up 13%, and over 3 million unique visitors per month, the demand to keep up with technology is present.

“I have heard people say that the community is not ready, but people are itching for it,” said Keep. “We have heard the needs of our community, and we’ve responded.” 

During the event GVSU students and faculty tweeted about the event and were engaged in the discussion virtually. If you care to join in the conversations, go to Twitter #sochopp hashtag.

DeLain Bomer, School of Communications student, created a short video recap of the event:

Future SoC HOPP events include:

  • March 1: John Truscott discussing political communication. Cook-DeVos Health Science Center, 119 – Hager Auditorium. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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