MAY 13, 2013
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.
APRIL 1, 2013
Yoani Sanchez, a University of Havana graduate in philology, emigrated to Switzerland in 2002, to build a new life for herself and her family. Two years later, she decided to return Cuba, promising herself to live there as a free person. Her blog Generation Y is an expression of this promise. Yoani calls her blog ‘an exercise in cowardice’ that allows her to say what is forbidden in the public square. It reaches readers around the world in over twenty languages. Yoani’s new book in English, Havana Real, is available here in paperback and Kindle editions.
In November 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama, wrote that her blog “provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba” and applauded her efforts to “empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology.” Time magazine listed her as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008, stating that “under the nose of a regime that has never tolerated dissent, Sánchez has practiced what paper-bound journalists in her country cannot; freedom of speech.”
She has received much international recognition for her work, including: the Ortega y Gasset Prize, Spain’s highest award for digital journalism; the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University; the World Press Freedom Hero Award from the International Press Institute; and the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands. Foreign Policy magazine named her one of the 10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals in 2008, and one of The World’s Top Dissidents in 2010.
Yoani lives with her husband, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, and their teenage son Teo, in a high rise apartment in Havana, overlooking Revolution Square. There they host the “Blogger Academy” to help grow the Cuban blogosphere; some of the results of this work are available in English at Translating Cuba. She blogs about daily life in the Castros’ Cuba at Generation Y.
Read the FIU News article on Yoani’s visit.
MARCH 2813, 2013
The host of Larry King Live on CNN, Larry King has conducted nearly 50,000 interviews and remained a staple of nighttime news for 25 years.
Born Lawrence Zeiger on November 19, 1933, King began his career as a national radio broadcaster in the late ’70s. He got the gig as host of his own show, Larry King Live, in 1985 and interviewed everyone from politicians to actors and musicians.
In June 2010, King announced that he would no longer be the host of the show starting in the fall of that same year so that he could spend more time with his wife and kids. The show even made the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot.
MAY 13, 2013
Freedman is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York Times religion columnist and author of several prize-winning books.
His “Letters to a Young Journalist,” is among the very best introductions to journalism as it’s practiced on the ground. His view of journalism, past, present and future, is insightful and sometimes controversial.
He left the Times to write narrative non-fiction books, among them “Jew versus Jew,” winner of the national Jewish Book Award; “Small Victories,” the story of an inner-city English teacher and National Book Award finalist; and Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Inheritance,” the story of several immigrant families and their offspring’s evolution from Roosevelt to Reagan Democrats.
MAY 13, 2013
Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on Architecture of Authority, a critically acclaimed body thought-provoking and unsettling photographs of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, Juvenile In Justice, which turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. A book and traveling exhibition of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.
Ross’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; National Building Museum, Washington D.C; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Aperture Gallery, New York; ACME. Gallery, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. He was the principal photographer for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum on many of their architectural projects. He has photographed extensively for the Canadian Center for Architecture, Nike, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, SF Examiner, Vogue, COLORS, Courier, and many more. A dozen books of his work have been published including Architecture of Authority (Aperture 2007), Waiting for the End of the World (Princeton Architectural Press 2005), Gathering Light (University of New Mexico 2001) and Museology (Aperture 1988). Ross has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1977.
Iconic Pulitzer Prize Photographs
JAN 29, 2014
Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, with a reception on February 12, 2014. Included were the
winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, all the way through the 2013 winners. Bearing witness to moments of jubilation, heroism, and compassion, as well as the harsh realities of war, racism, and poverty, the 153 images included carried human emotions across barriers of language, time, and place.
Capture the Moment featured some of the most iconic photographs over the past seven decades: the poignant shot of an ailing Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at Yankee Stadium; the U.S. Marines raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II; 9/11 in New York City; and the aftermaths of hurricanes in New Orleans and in Haiti, to mention just a few. The exhibition illustrated the enduring power of the still image. This traveling exhibition came to the Frost Art Museum following more than 13 years of display in venues around the world; close to 3 million people have seen the exhibition since its New York City opening in 2000.
The February 12-April 20 run at FIU was presented by the School of Journalism & Mass Communications and the Frost Art Museum, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the exhibition was developed by Business of Entertainment, Inc. in New York City, Cyma Rubin, Curator, in association with the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “We owe these photographers more than we can say,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser at the Knight Foundation. “They go where we cannot go. They see what we do not see. They are our eyes; because of them, we can piece the images together and form a picture of the world.” Cyma Rubin went on to observe that, “The Pulitzer photographers can’t take sides and they can’t change the world, but if they did their job right, they might offer the world reason to change.”
Immediately preceding the opening reception, Ms. Rubin presented a talk on the exhibition as part of the Frost’s Green Critics’ Lecture Series. Cyma Rubin is a Tony- and Emmy-award winning producer, director, and writer, and is president of Business of Entertainment, Inc.
During the exhibition’s run at the Frost Art Museum, the FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communications conducted two panel discussion programs associated with the exhibition:
• The Story Behind the Photo: A Conversation with Pulitzer-Winning Photographers, to be held on March 5, from 4-6 pm, at the Frost Art Museum.
• Photojournalism in the Digital World, a conversation with photojournalists, photo editors, and other experts about issues such as photo-manipulation, the threat to credibility, crowdsourcing, and ethics; to be held on April 16, from 4-6 pm at the Frost Art Museum.
FEB 5, 2014
ECOMB’s Cinema Green Climate Change Series was a three-month look at climate change, its importance as well as its relevance to Miami Beach and the South Florida Region.
As the School of Journalism and Mass Communication incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an interdisciplinary and applied approach into our curriculum we are offering courses in Environmental Journalism. South Florida is a “hot spot” for examining and addressing the impact of climate change and the SJMC is using local resources to expose our students to these environmental issues, issues that will directly impact their daily lives. We endeavor to instruct them on how they, as journalists, can make a difference. To that end the SJMC co-sponsored an event with the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach that featured six documentaries on the subject of climate change.
A total of 6 documentaries were screened during the months of February, March and April addressing subjects such as ocean acidification, hypoxic and anoxic zones, sea-level rise, ecosystem destruction, greenhouse gases, coral bleaching and beach/coast erosion. The Series was co-hosted by the Surfrider Foundation , The CLEO Institute and FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
On February 5th, a total of 4 documentaries were screened. A discussion panel with leading experts on climate change followed the 9 pm screening: South Florida’s Rising Seas.
Kate MacMillin, South Florida’s Rising Seas’ Executive Producer, introduced the film and Gabriole Van Bryce, CSM, LEED AP BD&C, facilitated the panel.
• Dr. Hal Wanless, Chair, UM Geological Sciences Department;
• Richard Grosso, Director, Environmental & Land Use Law Clinic & Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University;
• Mitchell A. Chester, Attorney;
• Dan Kipnis, Sea Captain, Environmental Activist and Educator;
• Caroline Lewis, Founder and Executive Director of the CLEO Institute
OCT 24, 2013
GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability was a dynamic collegiate Tour that sought to educate the public − particularly the country’s incoming workforce − about the important role whistleblowers play in holding institutions accountable and protecting the public interest.
For the previous three years, the Tour brought notable whistleblowers to more than 30 colleges and universities across the country to share their stories about how they discovered serious wrongdoing, such as:
• The NSA’s unlawful and sweeping surveillance of domestic phone and email data;
• A multi-billion dollar cover-up of securities violations at Deutsche Bank;
• Health risks posed by the USDA’s pilot high-speed poultry inspection program which gives inspectors just a 1/3 of a second to check each carcass for fecal and other contamination;
• The George W. Bush administration’s editing of climate science documents to downplay scientific conclusions about human-driven global warming and its harmful impacts;
• Human trafficking and forced prostitution of girls by private contractors in collusion with the United Nations during the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
The Tour featured GAP experts who facilitated a discussion with whistleblowers describing their decision to speak out about the problem they discovered, and what they experienced after blowing the whistle. Some whistleblowers shared stories of suffering shocking forms of reprisal; some shared stories of powerful vindication of their concerns. All shared how the experience of putting ethics into practice promotes the public interest.
GAP launched a fourth year of its American Whistleblower Tour in 2014-2015 due to popular demand and our commitment to promoting informed discussion about whistleblowing, National media coverage about the Tour (see C-SPAN; Columbia Journalism Review) emphasized the only-increasing importance of exploring the role whistleblowers play in today’s society.
– See more at: http://www.whistleblower.org/american-whistleblower-tour#sthash.nv5EBUxC.dpuf
NOV 19, 2014
Martin “Marty” Baron became editor of the Boston Globe on July 30, 2001. Prior to joining the Globe, Baron was executive editor of the Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the newspaper won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for its coverage of a raid to recover Elián González, a Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.
Baron began his journalism career at the Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. He moved to the Los Angeles Times in 1979, then to the New York Times in 1996, where in 1997 he became associate managing editor responsible for nighttime news operations. He departed to assume the post of executive editor at the Miami Herald at the start of 2000.
Baron was raised in Tampa, Fla., and speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.
Martin Baron’s Hearst Lecture
NOV 19, 2014
Thank you for inviting me to join you today. This is a school I’ve watched grow and mature over many years — first when I was a reporter at The Miami Herald in the late 1970s, shortly after the university opened in 1972, and then as editor of The Miami Herald in 2000 and 2001.
I’ve always had a fondness for FIU. The students come with no sense of entitlement and few, if any, inherited advantages. They come only with aspirations and the goal of achievement. They rely on hard work, ingenuity, a spirit of possibility, and a determination to seize on opportunity.
For those entering the field of media, those are qualities you will need. If you get the sense that everything must be earned and nothing will be given to you – that nothing will come easy — then your expectations are just right for this field.
You enter at a time of upheaval. Nothing in media – not journalism, not advertising, not communications of any type – remains at rest. It is not what it was 10 years ago. It is not what it was 5 years ago. It is not what it will be 5 years from now, or even two.
That turbulence can be unsettling. A certain seasickness, or air sickness, is familiar to all of us who work in the profession.
But the upheaval means unparalleled opportunities for those who are willing to learn what they need – and know that the learning must never stop. Many veterans in the field will check out – weary, frustrated, maybe upset. But you can check in, if you’re smart about it.
To enter this field now, there is perhaps only one inescapable requirement: You must be an optimist.
I made this point earlier this year — in a previous speech, at another university. It received more attention than I could have imagined. To me, the idea did not seem so radical. Yet perhaps it really was – when you consider the buyouts and the layoffs, when you hear from those who wish all the change would just stop.
Well, the change won’t stop. And what I said in that previous speech is what I’ll say again today. There is no acceptable alternative to optimism. Here’s why.
If you get into this arena, you will be required to recognize opportunities and seize on them. You can only do this if you anticipate that you will succeed.
If you are not optimistic, why would you work to succeed? What use would it be? And if you are not working to succeed, no matter the challenges you face, you are not working as you should.
That does not mean your goals will be easy to accomplish. You may fail a few times before you attain them. What you tried first may not be the best idea. You will have to try again. But you must keep trying.
I am optimistic, and I am proud to work at an organization that is experimenting in all sorts of ways – not certain that everything will work, but confident that some will. And when we find things that don’t work, we’ll try something else.
We’ll do that without feeling embarrassed that something didn’t go right. Without worrying about what pundits say. We’ll move ahead without any sense of defeat.
We’ll take the next step with the knowledge that obstacles are not permanent barriers. Obstacles exist to be overcome.
There is a quote I like, and it comes from the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Bernard Lown, who won the prize in 1985, was a founder of International Physicians for Peace, and was an advocate of a continued moratorium on nuclear testing.
Here’s what he said: “Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible.”
The point is this: What seems impossible is possible. And what today is not visible can be imagined … can be pursued … and gives us purpose.
Honesty requires those of us in media to acknowledge that we’ve missed opportunities, moved too slowly, and at times stubbornly resisted the inevitable.
But in this field – and people forget this — we’ve also overcome a lot. And that should give us confidence that we can overcome the obstacles that confront us today.
More than two decades ago, while I was a senior editor at The Los Angeles Times, our top editor hosted a lunch for entrepreneur Ted Turner. He had just created CNN, the first 24-hour news network. He was proud, understandably so. His new network promised to shake up the media landscape. He had many doubters. He expected to defy them.
The Los Angeles Times provided our distinguished guest a wonderful meal. But that hospitality didn’t keep Ted Turner from speaking his mind. Nothing ever did.
He bluntly told the journalists who were hosting him, “In 10 years, you’ll be out of business.”
By Turner’s figuring, this would happen because he was going to make it happen. With his 24-hour cable news channel.
Well, Ted Turner was wrong. Our industry and our profession survived 24-hour cable news. We’re still doing good work. We’re still a major force in the media ecosystem. We’re still setting the news agenda for our communities and the country.
But we have to admit: It has been a really tough stretch. It’s worth recalling just how disruptive forces in the media industry have been. And just how recent.
What changed everything for us? It was not 24-hour cable news.
It was high-speed broadband. And that only became pervasive in the middle of the last decade — 2004, 2005. It allowed super-fast Internet connections. It allowed photos to load fast and allowed instant viewing of videos — and perhaps most urgently today, it allows mobile connection to the web.
Look what happened. And look how fast:
• Google wasn’t founded until 1998 and didn’t go public until 2004. Google News didn’t come out of beta until 2006. Today, there are more than 3 billion searches a day on Google.
• Facebook was founded in 2004. Now it has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users.
• YouTube was founded in 2005. More than 1 billion people now visit YouTube each month. More than 6 billion hours of video are watched every month.
• Twitter was founded in 2006. A half-billion tweets are sent every day.
• Kindle was introduced in 2007. Last year, three in 10 Americans read an e-book.
• Apple introduced the iPhone in June, 2007. We’re now getting close to 2 billion smartphone users worldwide.
• Instagram was founded in 2009.
• The iPad was introduced in January, 2010.
• Vine was started just two years ago, and then, with only three employees, was quickly bought by Twitter.
So, there you go: That’s what we’ve seen in just the last decade. Is change like that fast enough for you? Things probably will get faster.
The new media landscape has led to a migration of the public away from traditional sources of news. Maybe you find your news on Facebook – founded only a decade ago — or on Twitter, or Google News, or some new web site, like BuzzFeed, TMZ, or Vice.
In many instances – on Google, Facebook, or Twitter, for example — it’s the news of traditional news organizations you’re reading. But you’re spending most of your time on those sites instead of ours. They are your first stop, and the place you return. And so you may have little or no loyalty to any one news brand.
The omnipresent nature of the Internet in our lives has also led to a migration of advertisers. Classified advertising has virtually disappeared. Craigslist alone has drained a huge amount of lucrative classified advertising away from newspapers. Other print advertising followed classifieds off the cliff.
Google is an advertising powerhouse: You’re doing a search on a product. A company selling that product now knows of your interest, and ads can appear with your search. In fact, those ads can follow you as you travel around the web.
If Facebook and Google are where people tend to go first, they will attract a huge share of advertising. And that’s what has happened, and continues to happen.
What gave rise to our industry, the printing press, also once shielded us from competitors. It was expensive to build presses, buy paper, buy ink, and buy delivery trucks. Delivering news and information now doesn’t require any of that. You can be an international television network by turning on the camera that comes with your computer, or phone. You can be your own publisher.
Things won’t get any easier. Because…
…the pace at which we’re becoming a digital society is accelerating…
…information is going to become fully mobile, and the economics of mobile are even more uncertain than what we’ve seen to date with the web…
…our field will become more competitive, and – just as economic theory would predict – profit margins will stay low, financial pressures will intensify.
Yet our survival to date despite an onslaught of technological change suggests we have considerable strengths, more than many might have thought.
We have been more resilient than people give us credit for. We have been more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.
Still, there’s no room for self-satisfaction, for self-congratulation, for complacency.
We can’t live in the past. This game of Survivor is not over, not by a long shot. And the goal of enduring profitability remains just that, a goal.
We must look ahead. We have no choice. And we have no choice but to innovate and experiment.
There will be no one thing, no “silver bullet,” to quote-unquote “save journalism.” The answers, I believe, will be found in our doing many things.
And, though some keep wondering why someone hasn’t concocted the magic solution, in truth our future doesn’t depend on dreaming up something uniquely spectacular.
Here’s a telling little fact for you – and I’m not the first to mention it: We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage. And yet wheels on luggage, this unexciting act of innovation, actually changed lives. They have dramatically improved the experience of travelers. They transformed the luggage industry that had previously changed little. And they were a commercial success. They are now standard equipment.
So, what’s the lesson here? Our industry doesn’t require a moonshot. We might just need something like wheels on luggage. And a few other things like that.
Success in digital media is not uniquely available to a new breed of prophets, mystics, and geniuses. It’s available to all of us, if we adapt smartly – and urgently and enthusiastically — to what readers want and need in a new information environment.
No doubt you want to know what skills you’ll need to be successful. A lot should, by now, be obvious.
Let’s just stipulate, for those of you who intend to be journalists, that you must learn how to report well – fairly, honestly, accurately, digging beneath the surface for the real story, holding government and powerful interests of all types accountable to citizens, consumers, workers, the vast majority of people.
Let’s just stipulate that you need to know how to write, how to string words together so that your ideas and message are clear – and, at best, so that your use of language engages, enthralls, excites those who read you. So that you draw people deep into a world apart from their own, so that they see things in a fresh light, so that what you write provokes wonder and thought.
Let’s stipulate that you need to be curious about the world around you, that you’re more intrigued by what you don’t know than impressed by what you know, and that you have an appetite to gain real insights wherever you can.
Let’s also stipulate that you need to learn contemporary skills of video, audio, basic coding, data collection and analysis, how to make your own charts, things of that sort. These are now tools of the profession, and your journalistic carpentry will be incomplete, even deficient, without them.
Let’s just stipulate that you must master new forms of storytelling that have emerged — that draw upon data visualization and video and interactive graphics and links and supplemental material for readers who wish to know more.
Let’s just stipulate that you need to be comfortable with the contemporary ways people receive and process information – that you will need to be expert in social media, how to use it as a reporting tool and how to use it to promote your stories because promoting your own stories is now your own responsibility.
Let’s just stipulate that the web is a different medium, that it calls for an approach that is different from newspapers – just as radio required an approach that was different from newspapers, and TV required an approach that was different from radio. And, I’d add, delivering information on mobile devices may demand an approach that is different from the way we’ve done things on the desktop computer.
I say, “let’s just stipulate” to all that for a reason — because all of that is no longer in question. If you were wondering about any of it, wonder no longer.
What’s not often said is that our field will require a different kind of person. We will require more than just employees. That’s what we needed in the past. Now we will need entrepreneurs.
Journalists will have to be entrepreneurs. You will be creating entirely new companies. Or you will be working in entrepreneurial ventures that will constantly expect inspired and innovative ideas. You will have to become an entrepreneur within larger organizations, too – because they need to compete with start-ups and smaller, more nimble outfits … and because you will be asked to transform organizations that have stood strong for decades but now worry endlessly about making it through tomorrow. You will need to understand your own readership, to help build it, to market your own work.
The demand for journalistic entrepreneurs, with all the right skills I talked about, is big and growing. Media is an everyday, growing part of our lives – and the media industry, writ large, is growing, too. Don’t let the anguish you hear from certain corners of our business fool you. Don’t let it discourage you, or dissuade you from pursuing your passion.
New journalism outfits are popping up all over. Capital is available to fund them. And older journalistic institutions feel ever greater urgency to remake themselves for the digital era we all inhabit.
It used to be you had to wait in the back of the line for an amazingly good job in our field. Now you can move with astonishing speed to the front. You really can.
It used to be we would hire people who could learn from us. Now we hire people who can teach us something we don’t know.
And we have a lot to learn. We have to learn it fast. You have an opportunity, if you do the right things, to be one of those people our industry absolutely must have.
Finally, let me talk about something that almost never gets mentioned in a discussion of the future of journalism. It happens to be the most important thing that remains the same. In fact, it is the most important thing of all. And it is this:
Nothing is more important than having a good idea.
Even more important than the fancy tools you use will be the thinking you do. More important than the mechanics of our business will be your own mind.
You cannot deliver a good story without a good idea for one – and good ideas about how to construct that story. You cannot have a successful neon’t need metrics. We do. But metrics focus on results. The idea is where you start.
Metrics can tell you how you did. But they will not tell you what to work on. To do that, you will need imagination, creativity, resourcefulness, insight. You will need a good idea.
Somehow this has gotten lost in a world consumed with metrics – the discipline of measuring how well we’re performing. It’s not that we d=”p2″>You will have to take your mind to work, and you will have to put your mind to work. Never set it to auto-pilot. Never leave it in sleep mode. Every day, give your mind a workout. Because good ideas will matter above all.
Thank you again for inviting me.
OCT 7, 2016
Geneva Overholser is a senior fellow and consultant at the Democracy Fund, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She was until 2013 director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, and is now an independent journalist in New York City. She currently serves on the boards of the Academy of American Poets, the Rita Allen Foundation and the Women’s Media Center, and on the advisory board of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Previously she held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school’s Washington bureau. From 1988 to 1995, Overholser was editor of The Des Moines Register, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named “The Best in the Business” by American Journalism Review.
In addition, Overholser has been ombudsman of the Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She has been a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and a blogger for Poynter.org. She spent five years overseas, working and writing in Paris and Kinshasa.
Through the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in 2006 she published a manifesto on the future of journalism titled On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change. She is also co-editor, with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, of the volume “The Press,” part of the Oxford University Press Institutions of American Democracy series.
Overholser has served on the boards of the Carnegie Endowment, the Knight Fellowships at Stanford, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the Center for Public Integrity and the National Press Foundation, and on the advisory boards of the Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She is a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She held a Nieman fellowship at Harvard and a Congressional fellowship with the American Political Science Association.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wellesley College, a master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a French language certificate from the Sorbonne. She has honorary doctorates from Grinnell College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and alumnae achievement awards from Wellesley, Northwestern and Medill.
She and her husband, David Westphal, have three adult children and one granddaughter.
MARCH 23, 2015
Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a 70-person world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, email, interactives, data and more.
HONORS: In April 2004, he was named one of the 20 most influential
South Asians in America by Newsweek magazine. In July 2007, India Abroad named
him one of the 50 most influential Indians in America. In 2009, he was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter and was one of 22 professors named to the “Top 100 Twitterers in Academia” by OnlineSchools.org; in 2010, he was named to SPJ’s list of 20 journalists to follow in Twitter (along with three former Columbia students) and Poynter’s list of 35 most influential people in social media. In 2011, he was named one of OnlineColleges.net’s 50 most social-media-savvy professors in America. In 2012, GQ India named him one of the 30 most powerful digital Indians globally; Huffington Post named him one of 50 media people to follow on Facebook Subscribe (you can find him on Facebook at FB.com/sreenet and FB.com/sreetips).
Sree is especially proud of his work in providing education opportunities to the underprivileged, including minorities and those who are the first in their families to go to college. He has been recognized with three national awards for diversity related work: 2010 Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship and Award, given in recognition of an educator’s outstanding effort to encourage students of color in the field of journalism, from the National Conference of Editorial Writers; the 2007 Lawrence Young Award from the National Association of Mintority Media Executives; and the 2009 lifetime achievment award from Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics.
In 2012, UNITY created a seed list of 100 top journalists of the past century in response to an NYU list that lacked minority journalists. The entry on Sree read, in part, “has revolutionized how journalists use technology.” Others named to the list include Christiane Amanpour, Gwen Ifil and the late Ed Bradley, Randy Shilts and Anthony Shadid.
The 10-second Bio:
- Columbia University’s first Chief Digital Officer
- Digital media professor, Columbia Journalism School – teaching for 20 years
- Freelance social-media blogger, SreeTips blog, CNET News
- TV tech commentator Wednesday mornings at 6:50 am on WCBS-TV in NYC; spent 8+ years on WABC and WABC
- Founding team member of DNAinfo.com, a Manhattan news site DNAinfo.com (one of BusinessInsider’s hottest 6 news startups of 2010)
- Technology expert & skeptic
- Commentator on tech and media issues
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A Talk With South Florida Pulitzer Prize Winners
MARCH 31, 2016
The SJMC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes with South Florida winning teams from the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. We found out how these inspiring reporters and photographers got that exceptional story or photo.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro
SEPT 15, 2015
Carlos Fernando Chamorro is an investigative journalist, host and editor of major radio and television programs and publications. A former Sandinista and current voice of opposition, Chamorro remains a leading public intellectual. He gave a speech entitled, “THE STATUS OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN NICARAGUA AND CENTRAL AMERICA”.
Chamorro offered an overview of the political situation in Nicaragua and analyzed the complexities and contradictions of the Ortega regime, which he qualified as “authoritarian corporatism” and “a zero-transparency regime.”
APRIL 21, 2015
Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888.
Under her leadership, in 2015, National Geographic magazine won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP).
Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine.
From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. Prior to that, from 2003-2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999-2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, including stints as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
A Michigan native, Goldberg has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where she now funds the Susan Goldberg Scholarship at the university’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ School of Journalism. She is active in professional journalism organizations, and in 2012-13 was president of the American Society of News Editors. She is on the boards of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU and previously was co-chair of the Medill School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors at Northwestern University. She also is on the board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.
Goldberg lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate lawyer.
Live-streaming of Goldberg’s talk on MediaShift.org was provided by the Hearst Distinguished Lecture series for the 2016 Lillian Lodge Kopenhavenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication conference.
Robert E. Pierre
MARCH 6-7, 2017
Robert E. Pierre spent three days with more than 200 students in the School of Communication + Journalism as a Distinguished Hearst Lecturer. He visited classes, lectured, and networked with students.
Pierre is President of Bald Cypress and has more than two decades of journalism experience, primarily reporting and editing at The Washington Post. As a reporter, he covered local and state legislatures in the District and Maryland and the heartland of America as the Chicago bureau chief in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Robert was also part of the team of metro reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007. Robert came up with the initial idea and was a key collaborator and writer for the groundbreaking series, Being A Black Man, which was repurposed into a book of the same name. Prior to leaving the Post in 2012, Robert led the formation in 2011 of an internal startup, The Root DC, an online extension of The Root and the Post’s local staff targeting African Americans. Pierre co-authored (with Jon Jeter) A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama’s ‘Post Racial’ America.