Renowned journalist and Brock alumnus to speak at Brock Days

Peter Goodspeed will deliver a keynote address at Brock Days on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the Back-to-Class series of workshops, seminars and toursBrock’s annual homecoming and community celebration kicks off this week.More than 500 participants are expected to visit campus and the region to take part in Brock Days and Alumni Weekend festivities.As part of this weekend’s program, Brock alumnus and award-winning journalist Peter Goodspeed will return to his alma mater to deliver a keynote address on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the Back-to-Class series of workshops, seminars and tours.Goodspeed has worked as a foreign correspondent, war reporter and editor throughout a 40-year career in journalism in which he reported from 63 countries and covered 22 conflicts.Goodspeed as a foreign correspondent in China, 1990During his presentation, he will talk about his days as a student and the role that Brock played in helping to launch his career. He will also speak to the changes he has seen in journalism over four decades and what is in store for the future of journalism and foreign news coverage.“Traditional news media are dying and with it the foundation of our democracies are at risk,” says Goodspeed.“Today it seems too easy to abdicate journalism’s obligation to sort the news. Instead, we simply serve up a slurry of gossip, opinion and ‘infotainment’,” he says. “The Internet makes it easy to do this, because it makes it easy to collect and disperse stories and it creates a false illusion of knowledge.”However, Goodspeed believes that the challenges and uncertainty we face as a result of our up-to-the-minute 24-hour news cycle world will not last forever.“I think, journalism will overcome its anxiety about new technologies and the public will, once again demand more from us,” he says.Goodspeed’s talk takes place from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Academic South 204.Goodspeed with British troops in southern Iraq, 2003Now in its 12th year, Brock Days is a 10-day celebration that takes place over two weekends, from Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 30.Weekend highlights include wine and food seminars in Montebello Park hosted by CCOVI; the annual Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art event for foodies and oenophiles; as well as alumni reunions, campus tours and Badger athletic events all weekend long. read more

Miller Roby Shazier named to Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list

Lantern File PhotoCHICAGO — Three Ohio State players have been named to the Big Ten’s third annual Preseason Players to Watch list.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were all named as Leaders Division players to watch, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday.Miller was the only player to receive a unanimous vote for the list, among all 10 nominees. This is his second consecutive year to make the list.Miller is in attendance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago Wednesday and Thursday. Roby was set to join him but was replaced last-minute by senior safety Christian Bryant after Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., and charged with misdemeanor battery.The list, made up of five players from the Legends Division and five from the Leaders Division is selected by a media panel.Other players in the Leaders Division to make the cut are Allen Robinson, a Penn State wide receiver and Chris Borland, a Wisconsin linebacker.The Legends Division players to watch are Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Northwestern running back Venric Mark.Miller took fifth place in Heisman voting last year and his 2012 season 1,271 rushing yards is the second most in Big Ten history. He was also named the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year.Roby was named a first-team All-Big Ten Conference performer by both the coach and media polls after the 2012 season. Shazier was named a first-team All-Big Ten conference performer by media.All five honorees in the Leaders Division were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season. read more