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Michael Doyle talks to students.

Michael Doyle speaks to students and faculty in the Gamache-Koger Theater on a range of topics from Supreme Court verdicts to the changing world of journalism.

Sept. 17, 2013

Michael Doyle, legal affairs writer for McClatchey newspapers, spoke to a packed room of students and faculty in preparation for his talk tonight as part of the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy lecture series.

Doyle’s lecture in the Gamache-Koger Theater focused on a range of topics from Supreme Court verdicts to the changing world of journalism in the face of social media.

“These days there are so many opportunities to get things both right and wrong,” said Doyle, who also writes “Suits and Sentences,” the McClatchy legal affairs blog.

Doyle recounted how he followed the timeline of the recent shootings in Washington D.C. on his way to St. Augustine and how the breaking news via social media compares to print journalism.

“I am following this story as it breaks on Twitter,” said Doyle. “Meanwhile, most newspapers are approximately 16 hours from print.”

Doyle will speak tonight at the Lewis Auditorium on "Writing the Law: How journalists and justices represent the Supreme Court.” The lecture will discuss the Roberts Court and its impact as well as the writing of current and past justices.

Doyle joined the McClatchy Washington Bureau in 1988. He also writes for the Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star. In 2004, Syracuse University Press published his book “The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth Century Conspiracy Along the Black River Canal.” His second book, “Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution,” was published in 2012.

The Sept. 17 forum will take place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided.

Call (904) 819-6400 for more information.


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