David Carr, media and culture columnist at The New York Times, will present the keynote address of the 54th Institute on Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
• Watch a Live Webcast
The title of Carr’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “From Stone Tablets to Digital Ones: New Media, New Rules.”
Carr writes the Media Equation column for the Monday Business section of The New York Times. His column focuses on media issues including print, digital, film, radio and television. He also works as a general assignment reporter in the Culture section of The Times, covering all aspects of popular culture.
A Minnesota native, Carr attended the University of Minnesota and double-majored in psychology and journalism there. From 1993 to 1995, Carr was editor of the Twin Cities Reader, a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly and wrote a media column. He served as editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., for five years.
Prior to joining the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine. In 2000, he was the media writer for Inside.com, a web news site focusing on the business of entertainment and publishing.
He began working at the Times in 2002 and initially covered the magazine publishing industry for the Business section. He was a key character in the 2011 documentary, "Page One: Inside the New York Times." The documentary will be shown on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17-18, in Room 114 of the Science Center. It is open to the public and free of charge.
In his 2008 memoir, "The Night of the Gun," Carr wrote about his cocaine addiction. The book was written as if he were reporting on himself and includes interviews with people from his past.
The W&L Journalism Ethics Institutes, held twice each year, bring to campus top media professional and academics for two days of seminars with students from the University's capstone journalism ethics class. The sessions deal with case studies of ethical dilemmas that the practicing journalists present.