The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism will host a nationally acclaimed broadcaster, an award winning photographer, a nationally syndicated columnist, a former New York Times reporter and editor, and a diversity guru during Journalism Week March 1 5.
Journalism Week 2004a celebration of journalism, journalists and the role of the media in American lifewill focus on diversity in the media. The Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series has sponsored this years speakers for”Every Voice Heard: Building Diversity in the Media.”
“This year’s Journalism Week is a perfect example of faculty, students, alumni and media professionals working together to celebrate the power and the importance of diversity to journalism and mass communications,” SOJ Dean Christine Martin said.
All evening speeches are open to the public. The lineup of speakers is as follows:
Monday, March 1:
Vicki Mabrey p. Vicki Mabrey, a 60 Minutes II correspondent, will discuss”The Shorthand of Images: Reality or Stereotype?”at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101, Clark Hall. The award winning broadcaster will discuss how media images portray and either exclude or include minorities in the marketplace of ideas.
Mabrey had been a London based CBS News correspondent since August 1995. She covered stories throughout Europe and the Middle East, including the United Nations arms inspection crisis in Iraq, the conflict in Northern Ireland, and the continuing investigation of the death of Princess Diana.
Mabrey joined CBS News in 1992 as a Dallas based correspondent, where she reported on the Branch Davidian stand off near Waco, Texas, the great Midwest flood of 1993, and the uprising in Haiti, among many other major events.
She is the recipient of four Emmy Awards: two in 1997 for her reporting for CBS News’coverage of the death of Princess Diana, and two in 1996 for coverage of the Atlanta Olympic bombing and the crash of TWA flight 800.
Wednesday, March 3:
Eric Sealsp. Eric Seals, a Detroit Free Press photojournalist, will discuss”Photojournalism: For A Photographer of Color It Is Much More Than Just Making Good Storytelling Images.”He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room G 24 , Eiesland Hall. A photojournalist’s camera can be a powerful tool in making people think, react and talk about what they are seeing in their newspapers.
As a photojournalist that is what Eric Seals strives and works hard for everyday. But as an African American photographer Seals says he wants to shoot his stories so that people think about the positive aspects African Americansdaily life. There is more to the African American community than drug busts, murders and welfare, he says.
Seals graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism after doing an internship at the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel in 1992 and the Louisville Courier Journal in 1993.
In that same year, he did a one year internship at the Detroit Free Press before heading for an internship and job opportunity at The State Newspaper in Columbia, SC. In 1995, Seals won the South Carolina Photographer of the Year award and in 1999 joined the staff of the Detroit Free Press.
Seals covered the presidential campaigns of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; the Northridge, Calif., earthquake in 1993; wildfires in Florida in 1997; several hurricanes in North and South Carolina; the historical entrance of the first woman into The Citadel in 1997; the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine in 2000 and 2002; and the recent the war on Iraq.
He has won numerous awards and has been a member of the faculty at the Truth with a Camera Workshop in Portsmouth, Va. He taught at the 2003 Visual Edge workshop at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and loves to mentor others who are interested in photojournalism.
Thursday, March 4:
Keith Woodsp. Keith Woods of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies will discuss diversity in newsrooms,”It’s Not Diversity. It’s Journalism,”at 7:30 p.m. in Room G 24 Eiesland Hall.
Woods will discuss how journalists make sure that they are inviting, welcoming and nurturing all the newsmakers in every corner of the community. Woods will also discuss how to invite and include all voices as a part of a newsroom team, as well as how to encourage diversity in the newsroom through recruitment, support and assignments.
Woods is the Reporting, Writing&Editing group leader at The Poynter Institute. He is a former sportswriter, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer and columnist who worked his way through those jobs in 16 years at the New Orleans Times Picayune.
He joined Poynter in 1995, and for seven years led the Institutes teaching on diversity and coverage of race relations as part of the ethics faculty. He is the editor of Best Newspaper Writing, the annual collection of prize winning stories and photojournalism selected by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Woods leads seminars for columnists and editorial writers, college graduates, college professors hoping to improve their teaching on diversity and journalists who must handle stories about race relations. He is a regular speaker at the Poynter sponsored National Writers Workshops each spring and consults with newspapers and television stations on matters of diversity, race relations, writing and editing.
He is the author of three reports on industry diversity:”The Essence of Excellence,”a 2001 study for Columbia Universitys School of Journalism analyzing award winning stories on race and diversity,”Do We Check it at the Door?”a 2002 report for the McCormick Foundation tapping into the special challenges faced by media executives of color, and”Executives of Color: What it Takes to Succeed,”which details the ingredients for success outlined by media executives of color. It was published in 2003. Woods served as Pulitzer Prize juror in 2004.
Friday, March 5:
Ruben Navarrettep. Ruben Navarrette Jr. will discuss his experiences as a Latino columnist,”Interesting Times: Observations of A Latino Opinion Writer,”at 7:30 p.m. in Room G 24 Eiesland Hall.
Navarrette, a columnist and editorial board member of The Dallas Morning News, is a fresh voice in the national political debate. A frequent spokesman and commentator on Latino issues, his twice weekly column offers new thinking on many of the major issues of the day, especially on thorny questions involving ethnicity and national origin. His column is syndicated worldwide by The Washington Post Writers Group.
After graduating from Harvard in 1990, he returned to his native Fresno, Calif., where he began a free lance writing career that produced more than 200 articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, The Fresno Bee, Chicago Tribune and The Arizona Republic. He supported his writing by public speaking on Latino affairs, substitute teaching in classes from kindergarten to high school and hosting radio talk shows, including a daily stint on a show targeted to Generation X listeners on ABC ’s KMPC in Los Angeles from 1994 to 1995.
Navarrette has also served as guest host of public television’s”Life&Times”and has discussed current affairs on CNN , CNBC, National Public Radio and the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
His book,”A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano,”drew favorable reviews after it was published in 1993. In 2000, he contributed an installment to”Chicken Soup for the Soul”series.
In 1997, he joined the staff of the Arizona Republic first as a reporter and then as a twice weekly columnist, before returning to Harvard in the fall of 1999 to earn a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He joined the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News in July 2000.
William Stevensp. William Stevens, a retired New York Times science reporter, will also be on hand on March 4 to work one on one with students.
Stevens retired in 2000 after 40 years as a full time journalist at three newspapers, including the last 32 years at The New York Times. At retirement from The Times, and for 12 years before that, he worked as a science news reporter 0and writer specializing in coverage of the environment, ecology and conservation biology, climate and weather. For most of that period, he served as The Times’lead reporter on global warming and climate change.
Stevens grew up in Parkersburg and graduated from Parkersburg High School, class of 1953. He earned his bachelors in journalism from West Virginia Universitys Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism in 1957.
He served as editor in chief of The Daily Athenaeum, then part of the School of Journalism, from 1956-57. He earned his masters in political science from WVU in 1958.
Stevens worked as reporter and editor at The Parkersburg News during summers and vacation periods from1953-57. He served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens, Mass., and was honorably discharged in 1960 as a first lieutenant. He worked evenings as a reporter and an editor at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram from 1958-60.
From 1960-61, Stevens worked as a full time general assignment reporter with a specialty in science and medicine for the Worcester Telegram. From 1961 68, he worked as a reporter for The Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, Va., covering a variety of subjects, including science, medicine, education, race relations, politics, social welfare and military affairs, as well as serving on general assignment.
From 1968-69, he worked as the New York Times science news reporter and editor, reporting on the Apollo moon landings. He served as a NYT education reporter (1970 72); NYT correspondent and bureau chief in Detroit (1973-77); Houston (1978-82) New Delhi, India (1982-85) and Philadelphia (1985-88).
Stevens is the author of two books: The Change in the Weather: People, Weather and the Science of Climate, 1999; and Miracle Under the Oaks: The Revival of Nature in America, 1995.