ImageOur program/speaker this Friday will be Seth Koenig, Portland Bureau Chief for the Bangor Daily News (BDN), Maine's most-read news outlet. In 2009, Seth was named 'Journalist of the Year' by both the Maine Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association, whose judges called his work “refreshingly honest and compelling” as well as “insightful and relevant to his community.”

Perhaps relevant to this talk, Seth was named Maine's best news blogger this year by the Maine Press Association and he was one of the editors behind the BDN's award-winning “Portland at a Crossroads” multimedia package, exploring the gentrification of Maine's largest city. 

“Portland at a Crossroads” was named the country's best multimedia project by the National Press Photographers Association in June, and Seth's Bangor Daily News colleagues claimed this year's first-place award in the feature category by the Online News Association for a multimedia package titled “The Good Life,” looking into how the back-to-the-land movement in the 1970s changed Maine forever. 

Seth will talk about multimedia projects such as those and how storytelling has changed, as well as how the Bangor Daily News and other Maine media organizations have adapted in the age of the Internet, the pros and cons to online paywalls, and what's different about how newspapers prioritize stories in the 21st century. 

Seth was born and raised in Maine, earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and took master's level classes in strategic technology management from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, Vermont. Seth is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and is married with two children, ages 6 and 7.