2011 Christopher J. Georges Conference On College Journalism


Friday, April 1, 2011
6 - 9 p.m. Reception and dinner
  Keynote: Turmoil in the Middle East: Journalism's Newest Challenge
Charles Sennott, co-founder and executive editor/VP of GlobalPost; former Middle East Bureau Chief for The Boston Globe; and a 2006 Nieman Fellow
Sennott will discuss how journalists are covering recent uprisings in the Middle East, threats to reporters in the region, and the impact of social media and citizen journalism on traditional news organizations. He’ll also talk about GlobalPost’s new international reporting projects. Sennott recently covered the revolution in Egypt for PBS’s Frontline program.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
9 - 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast/networking
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Welcome and curator's reflections
Bob Giles, Nieman Foundation curator
As he prepares to retire from the Nieman Foundation in June 2011, Giles will share advice about a career in journalism.
9:45 - 11 a.m. Session #1   Investigative Reporting 101: Uncovering secrets and digging deep on campus, in your community and beyond
Ted Gup, investigative journalist; chair of the journalism department at Emerson College; and author of “Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life” and other books dealing with secrecy
Maggie Mulvihill, associate director and senior investigative producer at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) and a 2005 Nieman Fellow
Rob Rose, a reporter in the business investigations unit of the Sunday Times(Cape Town, South Africa) and a 2011 Nieman Fellow
A primer on investigative reporting: how to do it well, pitfalls to avoid and resources to help you learn more. Special emphasis on uncovering secrets, censorship on campus, the ethics of investigative reporting and tips from the pros
11 - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session #2   Multimedia Tips and Ethics: Reporting with Sight and Sound
Bob Calo, broadcast producer and documentary filmmaker, senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
Gwen Thompkins East Africa correspondent for NPR and 2011 Nieman Fellow
Advice, precautions, good examples and resources for exceptional audio/visual storytelling
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Networking           
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote and Q&A  
Alan Murray, deputy managing editor/executive editor, online for The Wall Street Journal
Murray will discuss the latest developments at WSJ online and will demonstrate new data visualization projects. He also will suggest ways college newspapers can improve their websites.
2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Session #3   Lessons from the Field: 10 things every young journalist should know
Kevin Doyle, editor-in-chief, The Cambodia Dailyin Phnom Penh, and a 2011 Nieman Fellow
Jennifer Eccleston, international broadcast journalist/writer for network news and national cable outlets and a 2011 Nieman Fellow
Megan Garber, assistant editor for the Nieman Journalism Lab who covers journalism news and new/social media trends and provides commentary on press performance
Joshua Prager, journalist, author, former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal and a 2011 Nieman Fellow
A mentoring session/lightning round for young journalists with Nieman Fellows and staff.
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Session #4   Photojournalism – The Big Picture: A case study
Alan Taylor, creator of the highly successful news photo blog “The Big Picture” on boston.com who now edits the “In Focus” site for The Atlantic.
The possibilities of visual storytelling and new ideas for web-based journalism.
4:45 - 5 p.m. Christopher Georges Award Presentation
5 - 7 p.m. Dinner at The Harvard Crimson
Dinner will be held at the Crimson’s office: 14 Plympton Street, Cambridge

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at
Lippmann House, One Francis Ave., Cambridge, Mass.