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Journalism Changing In ‘The Post-Kardashian Era’

Journalism Changing In 'The Post-Kardashian Era'


Kevin Brass, journalist

Irene McCormack, crisis communications specialist


A panel of local journalists and public relations experts will discuss Thursday at Point Loma Nazarene University how traditional journalism is contending with news in the "click-bait" era.

Kevin Brass, a columnist and feature writer for The New York Times, is moderating the panel discussion. Brass said click-bait is an article that's based on nothing else but getting your attention.

"That has become a huge player in the world of media," Brass said. "When you look at who's getting funded ... like Buzzfeed, well their valuation is billions at a time when traditional media is shrinking."

Irene McCormack, the first of many women to accuse former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, said she didn’t realize how the media attention would affect her.

“I knew the media pretty well,” McCormack, a former reporter and editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune, told KPBS Evening Edition this week. “I was able to see what was going to come. But the experience itself is quite different than knowing it.”

“I had no clue how intense it was going to be, how stressful it was going to be, and what it would do to my psyche,” she said.

“Journalism in the Post-Kardashian Era” is sponsored by the San Diego Press Club. The event starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at PLNU's Fermanian Conference Center at 3900 Lomaland Drive in San Diego. It's free and open to the public.

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