Top Journalists and Communicators to Participate in ASU Cronkite School Lecture Series

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22 Aug 2016

Leading professional journalists and communicators will explore the upcoming presidential election and the future of news media, among other topics, in a lecture series at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Arizona State University.

More than two dozen journalists and communicators, from the New York Times to Google, participate in the “Must See Mondays” fall conference series, which has brought together more than 180 speakers and panelists since 2008.

Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times, is among the professional journalists and communicators who will participate in the “Must See Mondays” fall lecture series at ASU’s Cronkite School.
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The free public lecture series begins on August 29 with a panel discussion on multimedia journalism with recent Cronkite alumni working in Phoenix media and ends on November 28 with a lecture by the winner of the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability of the National Center on Disability and Journalism, located at Cronkite School.

The fall semester 2016 marks the 17th series, which has included numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, national television correspondents, top newspaper editors, journalism innovators and entrepreneurs, and public relations experts.

“The must-see Mondays of this season address important issues concerning democracy and journalism,” said Christopher Callahan, Dean of the Cronkite School. “We are delighted that some of the best in journalism and communications are sharing their expertise with our students, faculty and the community. “

Unless otherwise noted, talks begin at 7 p.m. in the Cronkite School First Amendment Forum on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Schedule of “must-see Mondays” for fall 2016

“Young graduates reporting the news”
August 29

A roundtable on multimedia journalism with recent alumni of the Cronkite school: Alexis Amezquita (’14), multimedia producer and journalist, 12 News; Robby Baker (’14), multimedia sports journalist and digital producer, 12 News; Kylee Cruz (’11), reporter, CBS 5; Liliana Soto (’13), video reporter, Univision Arizona; and Megan Thompson (’15), multimedia reporter, ABC15. The talk is moderated by Kim Tobin (’10), weekend anchor and media reporter, ABC15, and includes an introduction by Heather Dunn, Content Director of Cronkite News.

“News media in black and white”
September 12 (special start time 6:30 p.m.)

A Race and Media Roundtable with Cloves Campbell, Editor / Editor, Arizona Informant; Nicole Carroll, editor, The Arizona Republic; Retha Hill, Director, New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab; Ilana Lowery, editor, Phoenix Business Journal; Mi-Ai Parrish, editor, The Arizona Republic; Julia Patrick, editor, Frontdoors News; and Andy Ramirez, Realtime Editor, ABC15. The presentation is moderated by Denise Meridith, Chair of the Strategic Alliance Subcommittee, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Phoenix.

“Turning a short story into a book”
September 19

Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief of the New York Times, discusses the development of her new book “The Fire Line,” which tells the story of the tragedy of the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013.

“Dissect the debates”
September 26 (special start time at 6 p.m.)

Watch the first presidential debate, followed by Cronkite News analysis by editor-in-chief Kevin Dale, Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor Angela Kocherga, and Jessica Pucci, ethics and excellence practice professor.

“Election Blogging: How Native Americans Are Changing the Political Landscape”
October 3

Mark Trahant, freelance journalist and Charles R. Johnson full professor of journalism at the University of North Dakota, examines the growing impact of Native Americans on American politics.

“Defining the ethics of journalism in the digital age”
17 october

Milton Coleman, Edith Kinney Gaylord visiting professor of journalism ethics at the Cronkite School and former editor of the Washington Post, explores the ethics of journalism in the age of smartphones, social media and virtual reality.

“A life of a photographer of love and war”
Oct. 19 (special Wednesday program at 1:30 p.m.)

Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist at National Geographic, discusses the power and impact of photojournalism around the world.

“Google News Lab: Building the Future of Media”
24 october

Nicholas Whitaker, Head of Media Communications at Google, explains how journalists and entrepreneurs are working with Google to help build the future of media.

“How the media covered the 2016 election campaign”
October 31 (special start time at 6 p.m.)

Leonard Downie Jr., former Washington Post editor and Weil family journalism professor at the Cronkite School, analyzes media coverage of the 2016 election.

“The American Presidential Election: Seen from Abroad”
November 7

International journalists participating in the US State Department’s Humphrey Fellowship program at the Cronkite School share their perspectives on the 2016 election. The talk is moderated by B. William Silcock, Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives and Associate Professor.

“The Barlett & Steele Awards”
14 november

The 2016 Barlett & Steele Award winners discuss the best of investigative business journalism. The conference is moderated by Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

“NCDJ Prize: the best in disability reporting”
November 28

The winner of the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Report on Disability explores the importance of covering the disability community. The lecture includes an introduction by Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean of the Cronkite School and Director of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.


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