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Early fall term fellows from NY Times, LA Times
The Montgomery Endowment's 25th anniversary series on "Truth and Ethics in Journalism" continues Oct. 19 and 22 with public presentations by Roger Wilkins, former New York Times columnist and author of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriots; and Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Wilkins, who is a professor of history, a journalist, and a lawyer, will speak on "Jefferson and 21st Century Journalism" at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Moore Hall's Filene Auditorium. His background includes serving on the editorial board and as a columnist for The New York Times and providing radio commentary for CBS News, the Mutual Broadcasting System and National Public Radio. He was also one of three outside journalists who recommended changes to The New York Times' newsroom management in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. (Earlier this year Blair admitted to, and was dismissed for, plagiarizing and fabricating stories he wrote for The New York Times.) Prior to his work as a journalist, he served from 1966 to 1969 as Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He also created two PBS Frontline documentaries, Keeping the Faith (1987) and Throwaway People (1989). He currently is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University and is a regular contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He also is a member of the National Commission to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education.
Long-time Los Angeles Times media critic Rosenstiel will offer "A Socratic Dialogue on the State of Journalism," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, also in Filene Auditorium. Rosenstiel's career in journalism has spanned more than two decades. In 1978 he launched a syndicated investigative column for Jack Anderson's Washington Merry Go Round, then became a business editor and financial writer for the Peninsula Times Tribune. For more than a decade, he was media critic for the Los Angeles Times and, later, MSNBC. Author of The Elements of Journalism and the chapter "The Talk Show Culture in The Future of News," he now serves as Vice Chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and manages a consortium of more than 1,000 journalists who engage in discussion and reflection about journalistic values. As director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, he continues to advocate for the clarification and improvement of industry standards.
More information about the Montgomery 25th Anniversary series, including a list of upcoming speakers, is available online.
- By Tamara Steinert
"Jefferson and 21st Century Journalism"
"A Socratic Dialogue on the State of Journalism"
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