The former editor of Business Week magazine, a journalist of five decades, will discuss his memoir -- "Deadlines and Disruption: The Turbulent Path From Print to Digital -- Thursday afternoon, July 25, at the Westport Library.

Stephen B. Shepard will talk at noon in the McManus Room about the radical transformation in the way news has been developed, delivered, and consumed.

Shepard helped transform Business Week into one of the most respected voices of its time. But after his departure, he saw it collapse.

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In the digital age, anyone can be a journalist, library officials said. Opinion pieces are replacing original reporting, and an entire generation is relying on Facebook friends and Twitter feeds to tell them what to read.

Raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Shepard graduated from City College and Columbia University, joined Business Week as a reporter, and rose to the top editorial post, after which he founded the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.