Friday, May 21, 2010
Journalism Schools as News Providers:
Challenges and Opportunities
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39 (Includes networking reception, limited to 100 participants)
Produced by: Baruch College's Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions and Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism in collaboration with the Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group.
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As newspapers shrink, journalism schools are filling gaps in news coverage through student journalism. There are clear benefits to the students, schools and public, along with challenges. In perhaps the most widely publicized legal confrontation for a journalism school, state prosecutors subpoenaed records related to Medill’s investigation of a 31-year-old murder conviction. What kinds of journalism are schools producing for the public? What are the challenges, risks and best practices? How might your school be involved and what precautions can your school take? This four-hour pre-conference will include case studies and experts in Pro-Am journalism, journalism education and media law from journalism schools and departments nationwide and includes a networking reception. Here is our line-up of confirmed speakers:
Panel One: What Is Changing and Why
1. Joshua Benton, Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University — Moderator
2. Karen Dunlap, President and Managing Director of the Poynter Institute
3. Lynda Kraxberger, Professor and Chair of Convergence Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism
4. Nicholas Lemann , Dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
5. Geneva Overholser, Director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Panel Two: Grappling with Legal Risks and Other Challenges
1. Geanne Rosenberg, Founding Chair, Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions, City University of New York’s Baruch College and Associate Professor of Law and Ethics, City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism — Moderator
2. David Ardia, Co-founder and Director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
3. George Freeman, Assistant General Counsel and Newsroom Lawyer, The New York Times Company.
4. Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
5. Rose Ann Robertson, Associate Dean, School of Communication, American University
6. Steven D. Zansberg, Media Lawyer and Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P.
Panel Three: Innovative Approaches to Community Journalism
1. Steve Shepard, Founding Dean, City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism – Moderator
2. Joe Bergantino, Director and Senior Investigative Reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University.
3. Lydia Chavez Professor, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
4. Richard Jones Editor for New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s The Local: East Village Project
5. Leonard Witt, Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University
6. Executive Producer, Reese Felts Newsroom, UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Preconference Co-Directors: Geanne Rosenberg and Leonard Witt
1. Susan King, Vice President, External Affairs, Director of Journalism Initiative, Special initiatives and Strategy, Carnegie Corporation of New York
2. Eric Newton, Vice President for Journalism Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Harnisch Family Philanthropies.
For further information, please call Professor Geanne Rosenberg at (646) 312-3969.
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Monday, May 3, 2010
One of the best examples I can think of is coverage of the death penalty when I was running the newsroom at the Chicago Tribune. Our reporters examined whether the death penalty was fairly applied -- that is did a poor, black man living in Illinois have a better chance of being sentenced to death for a crime than a more affluent white man? Our reporting suggested that the answer to that question was “Yes” and the stories we wrote prompted the then Republican governor of Illinois to slap a moratorium on executions in the state until reforms were undertaken. That is an excellent example of public interest journalism, the kind that gives voice to those who can't afford a megaphone.
One of our first stories at the CNC was a piece in which we reported on the huge profits being logged by the company that paid the city to take over Chicago’s parking meter franchise. It is a secretive process and we showed how the company that got the contract was making lots of money off it and raised questions about whether citizens of Chicago would have been better off keeping the franchise.
O’Shea: I agree with Dan. I am an optimist. So is Peter Osnos, the co-founder of Chicago News Cooperative who played a huge role in getting this organization off the ground. When I got into journalism, you had to be a wealthy person like Sam Zell to start a newspaper. We just started a news organization in Chicago with next to nothing.
Moro: How has your experience of editing the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune helped you run a news coop?
O’Shea: My experiences in Chicago and LA taught me to stay focused on what you are trying to do and don't get distracted by criticism and all of the people who like to take shots at you. I also learned the value of great journalism and picking people you can trust. There is no substitute for good people.
Moro: Why and when did you get into journalism?
O’Shea: I became a journalist in 1967 when I was in the U.S. Army. Basically I got into journalism in the Army to get out of the infantry. After the Army, I returned to journalism school at the University of Missouri and got my master's degree. I then went to work at The Des Moines Register in 1971, my first job on a daily.
Moro: Can you say anything about your forthcoming book?
O’Shea: I am working on a narrative about the collapse of the Times Mirror Tribune merger as a microcosm of what happened to the American newspaper. It is an epic tale.
Moro: O.K., I wish you the very best, Jim. And I hope that Chicago News Cooperative will pioneer a new business model for the news industry.O’Shea: Thank you, Nikhil.