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IU School of Journalism's spring speaker series to features alumni panels
First event on March 2 to feature three Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers
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Feb. 23, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In observance of the Indiana University School of Journalism's 100th anniversary and year-long centennial celebration, the school's spring speaker series will feature a new alumni twist.
The series will feature panels of notable alumni, among them Pulitzer Prize winners and media organization leaders. These panels are among the many events scheduled throughout 2011, with the school's main event being a celebration on Sept. 16-18.
"As we commemorate 100 years of journalism education at IU, we're thrilled to celebrate our alumni and their contributions to the profession," said Beth Moellers, School of Journalism director of communications. "We are eager to hear their insights about journalism and connect them to our students and our community."
The two events are the Will Counts Memorial Lecture in Photojournalism, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists, and the Roy W. Howard Lecture on Media Leadership, featuring leaders in the newspaper industry. The speaker series events are free and open to the public.
The Will Counts Memorial Lecture on Photojournalism will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. Speakers will be:
- Michel du Cille, BA'85, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and director of photography at The Washington Post. He shared his first Pulitzer in the 1986 Spot News Photography category for coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano. In 1988, du Cille received a second Pulitzer, this time in the Feature Photography category, for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. He shared in his third Pulitzer in 2008 with two Post reporters on a series they produced on Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
- Melissa Farlow, BA'74, a freelancer whose work has appeared in National Geographic magazine, among others. She was a staff photographer at the Pittsburgh Press, the (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of desegregation in the Louisville public schools. She worked in three African countries for Women in the Material World (Sierra Club Books, 1996), a book comparing women's roles in different cultures.
- Bill Foley, '77, BA'07, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for spot news of victims and survivors of a massacre in Beirut. For 30 years and in 47 countries, he has worked in news, creative editorial and corporate photography, as well as with a number of nonprofit organizations. Foley is a professor at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Counts, who died in 2001, was known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographs of the Little Rock Central High School desegregation in 1957. After a career shooting for Associated Press, Counts taught for 32 years at the IU School of Journalism.
The Roy W. Howard Lecture on Media Leadership will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 in Ernie Pyle Hall auditorium (EP220) at the School of Journalism, 940 E. Seventh St. It will feature:
- Gerould Kern, BA'71, who was named senior vice-president and editor of the Chicago Tribune in July 2008. He joined the newspaper in 1991 and has held a number of senior editing roles. Since becoming editor, Kern has directed a strategic reorganization of the news operation, including expansion of local, investigative and digital staffing.
- Paul Tash, BA'76, chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Times and Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which offers training for professional journalists and which owns Times Publishing. He has served on boards of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. In 2008, his newspaper won two Pulitzer Prizes.
- Carolyn Washburn, BA'84, who earlier this year was appointed editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer after leading newspapers such as The Des Moines Register and Idaho Statesman. She was Gannett's Editor of the Year in 2008. In 2010, The Register won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.
Leading Scripps Howard Newspapers for four decades, Howard also traveled widely to bring global news to his audience. The school houses his vast archives and co-sponsors the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.
More information about the school's lecture series is available at http://journalism.indiana.edu/journalism-experiences/speakerseries/.