The name Benjamin Franklin often conjures images of a scientist, inventor and statesman. During his remarkable life, Franklin was indeed all of these things. Yet, above all, Franklin was most proud of his career as a printer and publisher. As a boy in Boston, he apprenticed under his brother James in a printing shop.
After his apprenticeship, he moved to Philadelphia, opened his own shop and went on to great success as the author of Poor Richard's Almanac and the publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette, among many other works.
In the field of journalism, Franklin was ahead of his time and helped shape what it is today.
In the field of journalism, Franklin was ahead of his time and helped shape what it is today - or what news reporting should be today. He was a strong believer in using the power of the press to inform, educate, and persuade.
Journalist Walter Isaacson wrote, “Franklin is one of the first American publishers to understand that freedom of the press and tolerance are part of what it is to be a newspaper editor, and what it is to be a printer. And part of the genius of America is that we’re open in our discourse.”
In keeping with Franklin’s tradition of open communications, we launched Today’s Ben, our new online publication. The purpose of Today’s Ben is two-fold. First, it will keep you connected with the happenings on and off-campus that involve our students, graduates, faculty, and staff. In addition, we will provide insight and perspectives on current events and on issues related to technology, higher education, workforce development, philanthropy, and diversity.
Today's Ben keeps you connected with the happenings on and off-campus and provides insight and perspectives on current events and issues related to technology and workforce development.
Today’s Ben will include articles and posts written by a wide-range of authors including our own staff, and guest writers from organizations we partner with. If you have an idea for an article, or would like to write a piece, please write to us at [email protected].
In order for our publication to flourish, we need help in getting the word out. Therefore, we kindly ask you to subscribe today and spread the word to folks who would enjoy it and benefit from it. By using media to share diverse ideas and perspectives to better our community, together, we can help keep Franklin’s legacy alive.
We hope you enjoy Today’s Ben. Happy reading!