Journalism Week encourages journalists to 'Think, Invent, Act'

2/26/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

Journalism educators will convene 'Think Invent Act – a conversation at the Reynolds School of Journalism,' Feb. 28 – March 1 to discuss technology, ethics, and the future of journalism. This event is part of the inaugural Journalism Week, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in association with The Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series. Participating journalists are representing ESPN, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NBC News, and the Associated Press.

"The School of Journalism is exploring the impact of ideas, trends, technology and public participation in journalism," said Rosemary McCarthy, academic chair for the Reynolds School of Journalism (RSJ). "This event encourages communications professionals, faculty, and students to reinvent the practice of journalism from the classroom to the professional arena."

Brian Storm, President of, will deliver a kickoff presentation titled "Multimedia that Matters," at 7:30p.m. Feb. 27. Storm has focused on visual storytelling as a photojournalist, a picture editor, and a technological innovator. He champions fair and emerging business practices.

The Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series 2007 "Under Siege: Truth, Journalism and an Informed Citizenry," will feature Charles Lewis, Distinguished Journalist in Residence at American University in Washington, DC. Lewis founded the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization which has published 300 investigative reports, 14 books, and has received 35 national journalism awards.

"The conference will interest professionals who are reinventing the future of journalism and who share their enthusiasm for the future of the industry with students," said Ed Lenert, professor and Fred W. Smith chair of critical thinking and ethical practices. "This is a rare opportunity for students to meet with journalism innovators, ethicists, and technical visionaries."

Paul Mitchell, RSJ coordinator of recruitment and retention, will moderate a discussion "The Future is Diversity," Feb. Feb 28, with panelists Edward Estipona, partner of the Estipona Group, Mike Fountain, ESPN executive producer, and Sharon J. Prill, vice president of Interactive Media and Marketing for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Prill is responsible for all Interactive content, sales, and technology as well as marketing services, research and community relations support.


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