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Communications Journalism Media

Journalism State of the Field

March 6, 2021 at 8:30am5:00pm EST

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Join the Newhouse School for a daylong symposium exploring the issues and events that impact journalism today. An impressive panel of professionals will bring their insights and expertise to conversations about creative storytelling, covering a beat, reporting on social justice and managing newsroom trauma. The event will begin with a keynote address by Weijia Jiang G’06, senior White House correspondent for CBS News.


8:30 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

8:45-9:15 a.m.  Keynote

  • Weijia Jang G’06, Senior White House Correspondent, CBS News 

9:20-10:30 a.m. Opening Session: Misinformation and Disinformation

  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Poynter Institute

10:30-10:45 a.m.  Break 10:45-11:45 a.m.  General Session Panel Discussion: Beat Reporting: How to develop a subject-area specialty and thrive as a journalist

  • Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio
  • Myles Miller, General Assignment Reporter, WNBC TV New York
  • Erin Billups, National Health Reporter Spectrum News
  • Cathleen F. Crowley, Data Journalist and Web Producer, Albany Times Union
  • Moderator: Simon Perez, Associate Professor, Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Newhouse School

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Lunch 1-2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Session 1: Creative Storytelling—Pandemic or Not

  • Boyd Huppert, Reporter, KARE-TV

Session 2: Where is the Industry headed, RTDNA Newsroom Survey

  • Bob Papper, Adjunct, Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Newhouse School 

Session 3: Better Photography for All News Platforms

  • Kevin Rivoli, Staff Photographer, The Auburn Citizen
  • N. Scott Trimble, Photojournalist and Drone Photojournalist, Syracuse Media Group
  • Moderator: Seth Gitner, Associate Professor, Magazine, News and Digital Journalism, Newhouse School 

Session 4: Finding Your Voice for Radio, TV, and Podcasts

  • George Bodarky, News and Public Affairs Director, WFUV New York

2:20-3:30 p.m.  General Session Panel Discussion: Reporting on Social Justice—Challenges and Strategies for Journalists

  • Amanda Barrett, Deputy Managing Editor, The Associated Press
  • Richard Prince, Columnist, Journal-isms and former Washington Post Journalist
  • Sarah Glover ’96, Manager of Social Media Strategy, NBC and former President, National Association of Black Journalists
  • Duchesne Drew, President, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Moderator: Lynne Adrine, Director and Adjunct, Washington Capstone Program, Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Newhouse School

3:35-4:45 p.m. General Session Managing Newsroom Stress and Trauma in a Pandemic

  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Poynter Institute
  • Sidney Tompkins, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

4:50 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Thanks  

This event was first published on February 16, 2021 and last updated on February 17, 2021.

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