Missouri Honor Medal Recipients to Share Global Perspectives, Expertise During Oct. 16 Master Classes

2018 Missouri Honor Medal Winners

All Master Classes Are Free and Open to the Public

Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 1, 2018) — The recipients of the 2018 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism will speak about their areas of expertise in a daylong series of master classes on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Missouri School of Journalism. All of the classes are free and open to the public.

2018 Missouri Honor Medal Winners
The 2018 Missouri Honor Medal winners will speak about their areas of expertise in a daylong series of master classes on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The seven individuals and one news outlet will receive their medal during an evening banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, on the University of Missouri campus. Those interested in purchasing a ticket to the dinner should contact ude.iruossim@msilanruoj.

The master classes, scheduled times and locations are:

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Women in Media Panel: Join Fortuna Calvo-Roth, Vita Harris, Marisa Kwiatkowski, Trisha Scudder and S.K. Witcher for this special panel, facilitated by Associate Professor Amy Simons.
Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Fortuna Calvo-Roth: “Reporting: Hard, Harder, Hardest”
Fisher Auditorium, 88 Gannett Hall
Calvo-Roth has worked as a journalist, professor, author, businesswoman, actress and philanthropist. Her company was the first in the U.S. to produce audiobooks exclusively in Spanish.

2 to 3:15 p.m.
Vita M. Harris: “Disrupting Thought Patterns: Developing Communications in a Borderless World”
Palmer Room, 100 Reynolds Journalism Institute
A pioneer in strategy, planning and research at FCB Global, Harris’ business acumen has helped transform many blue-chip companies and brands. She is staunchly committed to advancing diversity-and-inclusion efforts.

2 to 3:15 p.m.
Peter Hessler: “The Long Run: Covering a Chinese City for Twenty Years”
Fisher Auditorium, 88 Gannett Hall
An award-winning writer of narrative nonfiction and the author of four books, Hessler has spent most of his writing life overseas recording how changes affects average citizens.

2 to 3:15 p.m.
Joel Sartore: “Visual Storytelling to Make the World a Better Place”
Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute
Sartore documents endangered species and landscapes worth saving through his work as a photographer, speaker, author, teacher and conservationist. He is a long-time contributor to National Geographic magazine.

2 to 3:15 p.m.
The Indianapolis Star, presented by Marisa Kwiatkowski: “The Human Element: Interviewing Survivors of Trauma”
110 Lee Hills Hall
The newspaper’s commitment to watchdog journalism has uncovered wrongdoings that affect citizens, all with the goal of giving a voice to the voiceless and to hold those with power accountable.

3:30 to 5 p.m.
Kevin Merida: “Let Santa Claus Be Your Role Model and Other Career Advice”
Palmer Room, 100 Reynolds Journalism Institute
Merida is a senior vice president at ESPN and editor in chief of The Undefeated, a digital platform that mines the intersections of race, sports and culture.

3:30 to 5 p.m.
Trisha D. Scudder: “Committed Speaking: The Language of Leadership”
Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute
A pioneer in executive coaching, Scudder has been called one of the country’s “leading executive coaches – the CEO’s secret weapon.” Her company’s motto is: “When leaders grow, companies grow.”

3:30 to 5 p.m.
S. Karene Witcher: “Asia Rocks! Why I’m Optimistic About Journalism in the Region”
Middlebush Auditorium, 142 Middlebush Hall
Witcher is a former deputy Asia editor of The New York Times and news editor of the International Edition of The New York Times in Hong Kong.

The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world. Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement in journalism. Past recipients include Christiane Amanpour, Sir Winston Churchill, Gloria Steinem, Deborah Howell, David Granger and Gordon Parks.

Updated: August 15, 2019

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