Flagler College’s Forum on Government and Public Policy kicks off its lectures series on Thursday, September 14, with a talk on the complexities of building a media company during the Trump presidency.
Nicholas Johnston, one of the founding editors of online media company Axios, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of helping to create a media business in an age defined by “fake news,” a turbulent presidential administration and a volatile media climate.
Johnston is in charge of all of Axios’ coverage including politics, technology and business. Before joining the founders of the media company, he was a managing editor at Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw newsletters and breaking news products for the Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg Politics and Bloomberg Government. In 2011, Johnston launched Bloomberg’s First Word news service in Washington after having been a White House correspondent the first two years of the Obama administration. Previously, he covered the 2008 campaign and spent four years on Capitol Hill covering Congress. Johnston joined Bloomberg from the Washington Post where he wrote about banking and technology investing. His first job in journalism was in the Post’s mailroom after graduating from Georgetown University.