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ASMPDC Presents

Understanding the Changing Media Landscape

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with Tom Kennedy

Do you feel overwhelmed about finding your professional role in our changed industry? The first step is understanding the big-picture view of our altered media landscape. Communication expert Tom Kennedy has witnessed this evolution from its beginning as Director of Photography for National Geographic and Managing Editor for Multimedia at the Washington Post. Join Tom as he honestly confronts the challenges of the continual media changes while simultaneously offering inspiration and hope for new roles as imaging professionals.

Seminar Topics

  • Content distribution in the 20th Century vs. today
  • Content is plentiful and audience time is scarce
  • Defining communication in the Digital Age
  • The fusion of public and private media
  • The importance of the story
  • DSLR Video as a game changer
  • Opportunities for content creators
  • Open dialogue with one of our industry's sharpest communicators

The Speaker

© Stanley C. Leary
© Stanley C. Leary

Tom Kennedy is an internationally known visual journalist with 35 years of print and online journalism experience, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at and Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

As the Managing Editor for Multimedia at, Kennedy conceptualized and developed its multimedia section, and created the first documentary video team to produce stories for a newspaper-based web site.

Kennedy has been a featured speaker at some of the most prestigious journalism conferences and media workshops around the world, while also consulting to various academic institutions and international media companies on topics ranging from media management to multimedia storytelling and innovating within a corporate environment.

Currently, he is Managing Editor for Digital News at PBS NEWSHOUR and was recently on the faculty of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University as the endowed Alexia Foundation chair in the multimedia, photography, and design department.

Kennedy serves on the Board of Advisors for The Knight Center for International Journalism within the School of Communication at the University of Miami, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Eddie Adams Photo Workshop.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Social time starts at 7:00pm

Wechsler Theater
Mary Graydon Building, 3rd floor
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC