Newspapers Will Prevail in Media War, Columnist Says Washington Post Writer, Magazine Editor Visit North Central College

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Byline: Ann Piccininni Daily Herald Staff Writer

A few hours before Washington Post columnist Bob Levey was to address an audience at North Central College on "The Future of the Media," he offered a little insight into the crux of his message.

"What I'll talk about is who will win and why," he said Tuesday morning. "The answer is newspapers."

And the loser in the competition among news sources? Television.

"We're going to grow weary of bite-sized news," Levey said. "We'll grow weary of not having the chance to dig into stories that are important."

As a newspaperman, radio commentator and host of live, online chats, Levey comments on issues, both large and small, with a style that has been described as conversational and humorous.

For the past 20 years, he has contributed five columns a week to the Post. Before that, he spent 14 years as a Post reporter, covering a variety of beats.

His wife, Jane, is editor of "Washington History: Magazine of The Historical Society of Washington, D.C."

The two writers are spending the week at North Central in Naperville, meeting with students, faculty and staff.

Their presence was arranged through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The program has helped them make annual weeklong visits to liberal arts colleges since 1984.

"Part of the idea is to prove to these students that a liberal arts background can get you where you want in life," Bob Levey said.

By Tuesday morning, the couple had visited with students in six classes.

Both Leveys said North Central students seem to be a sophisticated group. …