Emory hosts April symposium
on Southern journalism
Some of the most renowned journalists and newspaper executives in the
Southeast will convene at Emory April 3-4 for the "Journalist of the
The symposium attempts to convey some of the complexity of journalists
in the South by focusing on them as storytellers and humorists, newspaper
owners and opinion writers, and reporters of change and resistance to change.
Highlights include talks by Hodding Carter III, an award-winning journalist
and president and chief executive officer of the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, on Friday, April 3; and Eugene Roberts, professor of journalism
at the University of Maryland and chairman of the International Press Institute
and the Committee to Protect Journalists, on Saturday, April 4.
Carter formerly held the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University
of Maryland, where he focused on public affairs reporting, and is the recipient
of four Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his public affairs
television documentaries for the "Inside Story" media criticism
Roberts was executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer during
a 20-year period in which the paper won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. During his long
career as a journalist Roberts worked for The New York Times, The Detroit
Free Press, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and the Norfolk
Virginian-Pilot in Virginia. He became managing editor of The New
York Times in 1994, a position he held until his retirement last fall.
Some other featured speakers and panelists will be Celestine Sibley,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist; author Tina McElroy Ansa,
one of the first African- American newswomen at the AJC; Claude Sitton,
former Pulitzer-winning editor of The Raleigh News & Observer
and Oxford professor emeritus; Cynthia Tucker, AJC opinions editor;
Alexis Scott Reeves, publisher of The Atlanta Daily World, one of
the oldest African-American newspapers in the South; and James Cox Kennedy,
chairman and CEO of Cox Enterprises.
All events are free and open to the public except the April 3 dinner
with Carter (tickets $35) and the April 4 luncheon with Roberts ($25). For
more symposium information or to make reservations, call 404-727-4221.
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