Nascar Journalist, Writer Monte Dutton Hosts Educational and Musical Visit at Newberry College

November 28, 2011

Newberry, SC, November 3, 2011 – Guest lectures are often exactly that: lectures. But for some communications students at Newberry College, there was a little bit of music, too.
NASCAR reporter and author Monte Dutton visited three classes at Newberry, talking about his experience as a journalist, and his novel “The Audacity of Dope,” set to be published this winter.
Dutton lightened the classroom mood beginning his lecture with “Kansas City Star,” by Roger Miller, which led him into his discussion about journalism.
“Journalism is changing a great deal. I’ve always told people that even when the times are good, if you can do something different, you should,” Dutton said to the class. “I’ve always thought it was a real honest way to make a living. You have to be hard headed because you have to realize that the truth never pleases you: people want their version of the truth, so part of what a journalist does is not only to tell them what they want to hear, but tell them what they need to hear.”
Dutton has written regularly about NASCAR since 1993, and has written for the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, N.C., since 1996. He was named Writer of the Year by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association in 2003 and Writer of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008.
A video of his lecture and musical performance is available on the Newberry College Campus Central site.
About Newberry College: A private, residential, co-educational, college with a diverse student population, Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 24 majors, 31 minors, and 27 areas of concentration. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the college is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The college has a radio and television station, and offers 16 NCAA Division II sports. In the recent 2012 ranking of the Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College placed in the top tier of regional colleges in the South. For more information, visit

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