Ben Holden, vice president and executive editor of the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, is the new director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media, part of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The new position will allow Holden, who is a lawyer as well as a journalist, to combine his areas of expertise. Holden, 46, is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Boalt Hall, the law school at the University of California, Berkeley.
“To date, no clear voice has emerged on the American policy landscape to articulate the proper balance between our constitutional guarantees to open courts on the one hand and fair criminal trials on the other. This center can become that voice,” Holden said. Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism, said that evolving technology is presenting new problems with the way journalists and jurists interact. “It seems every week a judge has to decide whether a blogger should get press credentials or whether a mainstream journalist can Twitter from a courtroom, issues that didn’t even exist five years ago,” he said.