Journalism Under Fire: Discussion Series to Focus on News, Gender, Censorship and Photojournalism Issues

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Columbia, Mo. (May 25, 2006) — School may be out for the summer, but things are just starting to heat up for the Missouri School of Journalism’s New York Program.

“Journalism Under Fire,” a four-part program in conjunction with The New School in New York, will bring together faculty, students, alumni, professionals and citizens to discuss hot topics in the field. The discussions, taking place at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in June, will range in topics from the lack of women’s coverage to censorship in photojournalism.

Several alumni, in addition to faculty, are participating in the panels: Barney Calame, BJ ’61, and public editor of The New York Times; Russ Mitchell, BJ ’82, CBS News; Walt Harrington, MA ’74 and professor of literary journalism at the University of Illinois; Becky Lebowitz Hanger, MA ’00, National Picture Editor of The New York Times, Stefan Zaklin, MA ’05, Staff Photographer, European Pressphoto Agency and Lois Raimondo, MA ’88 and photojournalist for the Washington Post.

Barney Calame
Barney Calame
Sheila Gibbons
Sheila Gibbons
Walt Harrington
Walt Harrington
Carol Jenkins
Carol Jenkins
Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell
Mike Sager
Mike Sager
Paul Steiger
Paul Steiger

“This series of programs promises to be thought-provoking for all,” said Catey Terry, director of the New York Program. “We’re excited about bringing a part of the School’s intellectual life to New York.”

The Missouri School of Journalism’s New York Program offers Missouri Journalism students a unique program of study, a network of colleagues, faculty guidance and summer residence in the media capital of the world, New York City. Affiliated with The New School, the New York Program allows juniors, seniors, graduate students or recent graduates the chance to network and complete internships in order to further their careers.

Journalism Under Fire

Co-sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism New York Program and The New School.
A reception follows each event.

  • 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • Swayduck Auditorium, 56 Fifth Avenue
  • Series Ticket $15; Single Admission $5
  • Webcasts and Online Discussions:
    http://www.online.newschool.edu/

The View from the Newsroom
Tues., June 6, 7:00 p.m.
Two veteran editors talk about what it is like back in the newsroom when the news is the kidnapping and murder of one of their own reporters: Paul Steiger, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and vice president of Dow Jones, and Barney Calame, public editor of the New York Times and former deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. Moderated by Russ Mitchell of CBS News.

Aren’t Women Citizens?
Tues., June 13, 7:00 p.m.
How and why are women and their perspectives underrepresented in news stories and in the newsroom, in this country and around the world? Sheila Gibbons, vice president of Communications Research Associates and co-author of Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism; Carol Jenkins, Emmy award-winning news anchor and correspondent, founding member and now on Board of Advisors of the Women’s Media Center. Moderated by Geneva Overholser, professor and Curtis B. Hurley Chair of Public Affairs Reporting, Missouri School of Journalism.

Writers Taking the News Personally
Tues., June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Reporters sometimes become part of their own stories. Three writers talk about the risks and advantages of inserting their own voices and viewpoints: Walt Harrington, professor of literary journalism, University of Illinois, and author of The Beholder’s Eye, widely used in writing classes; Mike Sager, visiting writer at the University of California-Irvine and writer-at-large for Esquire whose collected essays, Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Murder, was an LA Times bestseller; moderator Mary Kay Blakely, associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism, and writer for Ms., the New York Times, Mother Jones, Life, and Vogue, and author of Red, White and Oh So Blue, Memoir of a Political Depression.

Covering the Holes in History
Tues., June 27, 7:00 p.m.
Photojournalists talk about the real dangers they face in the field and what happens when their images are censored by editors and governments: Lois Raimondo, photojournalist for the Washington Post, whose pictures and stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Life, Newsweek, and Time; Becky Lebowitz, National Picture Editor of The New York Times and Stefan Zaklin, staff photographer for European Pressphoto Agency and recently returned from Iraq and Dubai. Moderated by Jan Colbert, assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism.

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