Oberlin College to Host Sixteen Alumni Journalists as Part of Journalism Symposium
Oberlin’s student-run newspaper, The Oberlin Review, is excited to announce its first Oberlin College Journalism Symposium, to take place on April 7th and 8th at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The symposium will consist of three panels and two keynote addresses featuring 16 different Oberlin alumni journalists. The speakers run the journalistic gamut from reporters and editors of the country’s most respected newspapers to bloggers for internationally read web-only magazines.
The symposium will have two keynote addresses; one on Thursday at 8 p.m. by Peter Baker, OC ’88, The New York Times’ senior White House correspondent, and one on Friday at 4:30 p.m. by David Schlesinger, OC ’82, the Chairman of Thomson-Reuters China and, until February 2011, the Editor-in-Chief of Reuters. Both Baker and Schlesinger launched their careers in journalism while attending Oberlin College in the’80s.
The symposium will also feature three panels. At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th, Tom Rosenstiel, OC ’78, the founder of the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, will moderate a discussion between Aaron Zitner, OC ’84, politics editor for The Wall Street Journal, Melanie Eversley, OC ’83, of USA Today, Chris L. Jenkins, OC ’93, of The Washington Post, Kate Julian, OC ’00, of Slate and investigative journalist and author Melissa Faye Greene, OC ’75.
At 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, food critic and TIME Magazine correspondent Lisa Abend, OC ’86, music writer Sara Marcus, OC ’99, and NY Magazine TV critic Emily Nussbaum, OC ’88, will discuss culture writing for today’s audiences.
On Friday, April 8th at 7 p.m., Emmy-winning documentary journalist and Oberlin College Director of Cinema Studies Geoff Pingree will moderate a panel between some of NPR’s top hosts and producers: Ben Calhoun, OC ’01, and Alex Blumberg, OC ’89, of “This American Life,” Jad Abumrad, OC ’95, and Robert Krulwich, OC ’69, of “Radiolab” and Chana Joffe-Walt, OC ’03, a reporter for NPR.
“We are thrilled that the Review is bringing such an impressive group of alumni journalists and commentators back to campus for this conference,” said College President Marvin Krislov. “That Oberlin boasts such accomplished alumni speaks to the quality of the liberal arts and sciences education we provide.”
The symposium was organized by three Oberlin College seniors, all editors at The Oberlin Review, with the help of Oberlin Professor Anne Trubek, OC ’88, who is also working as a journalist, and Oberlin Lecturer and Assistant to the President Ferd Protzman, OC ’75, who worked for The New York Times and The Washington Post for years before returning to his alma mater. The Oberlin Review is one of the nation’s oldest student-run newspapers and has a long history of producing accomplished journalists.
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