Journalist to discuss slow news movement at WSUV

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

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photoPeter Laufer

If you go

What: “Why Fast News is Bad News,” free lecture by journalist Peter Laufer.

When: 2 p.m. Friday.

Where: WSU Vancouver library, Room 201, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

Cost: $3 for parking in the blue lot.

Information: Janine.robben@wsu.edu

First it was "slow food," the idea that what we eat is best digested slowly. Now it's slow news, the concept that news is better when collected and digested slowly and thoughtfully, says proponent Peter Laufer.

Laufer will speak on the slow news movement at 2 p.m. Friday in the library at Washington State University Vancouver. Sponsored by the university's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, the lecture is a free event.

Laufer is interested in slowing down the news cycle because he says today's instant news "distorts the reporting and understanding of news."

A recent example, Laufer said, is the December 2012 shooting of 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School students and staff in Newtown, Conn. Initial news reports were erroneous — including incorrectly identifying the shooter.

Laufer's journalism career includes working as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, reporting for both ABC and CBS radio, co-anchoring "Washington Monthly" magazine's weekly radio talk show and writing numerous books on the news media. He teaches at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Eugene, Ore., and in Portland.

Laufer's book, "Slow News: Why Fast News is Bad News," has been published in Italy and is awaiting U.S. publication.

Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools;susan.parrish@columbian.com