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Workshop Series

This is the third year of our workshop series, in which journalists who are alumni, parents, or friends of the college spend two days with student journalists. Among the journalists who have taken part are Geoff Dougherty ’92, founder of The ChiTown Daily News and former investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune and The Miami Herald; Thom Shanker ’78, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times; Jackson Solway ’09, founder and CEO of Once Magazine, an iPad application for long-form documentary photography; Naomi Zeveloff ’06, reporter for The Jewish Daily Forward; Mark Maremont, investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal; Don Hecker, training editor for The New York Times and director, New York Times Student Journalism Institute; Carolyn Mooney, senior editor (special sections), The Chronicle of Higher Education; and Alda Abbracciamento, Ogilvy & Mather.  Contact:  Diane Alters



2013-14 Workshops and Discussions

Block 1

Thursday, Oct. 3: Hampton Sides




2012-13 Workshops and Discussions

Block 1

Monday, Sept. 10

        12:15 p.m.  Discussion/lunch with Geoff Dougherty ’92, founder of The ChiTown Daily News and former investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune and The Miami Herald. Topic:  New media and journalism.  Palmer 17

        7 p.m. Lecture by Geoff Dougherty:  “Is Journalism Dead?”  Slocum Commons

Tuesday, Sept. 11

           12:15 p.m. Geoff Dougherty workshop/lunch: Writing news for the Internet. Palmer 17. 

Friday, Sept. 13

           12:15 p.m. Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight blog, The New York Times. Sondermann Presidential Symposium, "Modeling the 21012 Elections." Palmer 17.  

Block 2

Tuesday, Oct. 2: 

          12:15 p.m. Journalism Internships:  How to Land One.  Panel discussion with students who have had internships in journalism.  With Career Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 10.

          7 p.m.: Ezra Klein, The Washington Post WonkBlog. Lecture, "Where Economics and Politics Meet."  Sponsored by Jovanovich Lecture Series and the Political Science department. Gates.

Tuesday, Oct. 16:

            12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch with Michael Cieply, New York Times media reporter.

            6 p.m.  Michael Cieply, "The Arts and The Times," lecture, McHugh Commons



Block 3         

Tuesday, Nov. 6: 

           12:15: Discussion with students who attended the College Media Association conference in Chicago. Palmer 25A  

Block 4

Monday, Dec. 3.  

          12:30 p.m. Krista Smith, senior West Coast editor, Vanity Fair: The art of the interview. Palmer 25A

          7 p.m.  Krista Smith lecture, “It’s not Journalism 101 any more.”  Bemis. Listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, Dec. 4.

           12:30 p.m. Krista Smith, interviewing workshop, Palmer 25A


Block 5

Tuesday, Jan. 29: 

          12:15-1:30 p.m.  Dave Philipps, investigative reporter, The Gazette

Wednesday, Jan. 29. 

           12:15-1:30 p.m. Workshop, Dave Philipps

Block 6

Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26, Barnes 403, 12:15-2 p.m.:

Lunch and workshops with Mark Maremont, investigative reporter, The Wall Street Journal on “Anatomy of an Investigation:  Tainted steroids that caused meningitis and even death.”  He’ll take us through his work on a pharmacy that compounded bacteria-laden drugs. 

Tuesday he’ll focus on investigative writing:  how to present complicated issues well.  He will also talk about how he came to investigative reporting, and how you can, too.


Block 7 

Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2: 12:15-1:45 p.m., Palmer 17

Lunch and workshops with Erin Ailworth, environment and business reporter, The Boston Globe, and vice president for print, National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  

In the first workshop, on Monday, April 1, she will discuss the challenges she has faced in researching hydraulic fracturing.  A reporter, she’ll note, needs to be well-versed in a variety of areas, like financial and bankruptcy filings to cover such issues well.  She’ll also discuss ways to approach covering the issue of drilling and fracking here in El Paso County.  In the second workshop, on Tuesday, April 2, she will lead a hands-on exploration of the tools available to cover energy issues locally.

Erin's stories.


Block 8

Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30. 12:15-1:30 p.m., Palmer 13

"Don't Tweet the Scanner,"  Lunch and workshops with Aaron Edwards, news producer at Project Thunderdome, the central news hub for Digital First Media, one of the largest chains of newspapers and news websites in the U.S. Aaron covered recent events in Boston and Newton, Conn., and has seen first-hand how social media operates during big news events.

Monday’s session will be a discussion of digital news work, and Tuesday’s will be an interactive, hands-on workshop with social media tools used in contemporary news reporting.

A graduate of Ithaca College, a small liberal arts college in New York, Aaron is a former editor-in-chief of The Ithacan, the award-winning student newspaper there.  He's worked for The New York Times, The Associated Press in London, and CBS News.  

See his work on his blog. 


Edwards Poster