SPRINGFIELD — Award winning Star-Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno will be at the Springfield Free Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. for a thought-provoking talk about the role of the media and how reporting has devolved to create the crime-saturated and celebrity-obsessed media we have today. Learn about some fascinating real-life events that took place in New Jersey in the 1920s and 30s which lead to the birth of tabloid journalism, and how Charles Lindbergh became the first “celebrity” to be hounded by the press.
Di Ionno will also have signed copies of his highly-praised debut novel “The Last Newspaperman” available for purchase. Although Di Ionno’s new book is fiction, “The Last Newspaperman” explores the real roots of tabloid journalism where it was born, in New Jersey.
Di Ionno is a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s first-place award for column writing. In addition to his twice-weekly column in The Star-Ledger, his “Mark in the Morning” online column appears daily on nj.com. His pieces have followed the most controversial Garden State stories including in recent years the Dharun Ravi trial and Gov. James McGreevey’s resignation, both having fueled a tabloid frenzy.
Di Ionno is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books and an adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers-Newark.
For more information, visit www.sfplnj.org. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue.
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