Journalism Week attracts Pulitzer Prize winners

2/29/2008 - By: Zanny Marsh

The Reynolds School of Journalism will discuss the future of journalism, technology, and ethics, March 4-6, on the University campus during its annual Journalism Week. “Think Invent Act” will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and photojournalists including keynote speaker Ken Paulson, editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the impact of ideas, trends, technology and public participation in journalism with professionals, educators and students,” said Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Reynolds School. “We are modeling reinvention. This is what we teach our students and see in practice.”

According to Larry Dailey, professor and Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Media Technology, Paulson’s visit offers a rare opportunity for the community, regional media professionals, and students to engage with an industry titan.

Paulson has served as editor or managing editor of newspapers in five states and as the executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

In 2007, Paulson was named Fellow for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the highest honor awarded by the organization.

Photographers and editors Renée C. Byer, Randy Cox and Mark Morris will discuss visual communications.

Byer, senior photojournalist for The Sacramento Bee, was awarded a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project “A Mother’s Journey,” an intimate portrayal of a single mother’s emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

Cox is visuals and productions editor at The Oregonian in Portland and a five-time editor of the annual “The Best of Photojournalism.”

Morris is director of photography at The Sacramento Bee. Under his leadership, the Bee’s photography staff has received journalism’s most prestigious awards including a Pulitzer Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Photojournalism, World Hunger’s Harry Chapin Award for International Photography, Picture of the Year’s Angus McDougal Award for Excellence, Picture Editor of the Year and Team Picture Editing Award.

Patrick Sloyan, reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner will discuss investigative reporting. In 1986, Sloyan served as Washington Bureau Chief of Newsday. He received the Pulitzer for Spot News Reporting on the crash of flight TWA 800 off the coast of Long Island.

Presenters also include Fabrice Florin, executive director for NewsTrust.net. Florin, a former journalist and digital media pioneer at Apple and Macromedia, will talk about harnessing the possibilities of the Internet to help citizens make informed decisions based on quality journalism.

Also presenting will be Helio Fred Garcia, president and founder of the crisis management firm Logos Consulting Group and executive director of the Logos Institute. Garcia draws on practical experience as a crisis management practitioner, to advocate for ethical focus in the practice of public relations.

“The conference will interest professionals who share their enthusiasm for the future of the industry with students,” said Ed Lenert, professor and Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Critical Thinking and Ethical Practices. “This is a rare opportunity for students to meet with journalism innovators, ethicists, and technical visionaries.”

A complete schedule of events is published online at the Journalism Week website. Scheduled conference events are free and open to the public.


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