GRINNELL, IA –International, national, and community journalists will debate “The Media: Changes and Challenges” during a three-day symposium on the Grinnell College campus, Feb. 16-18.
“The media is in the midst of rapid change, and we don’t yet know the destination,” said Sarah Purcell, symposium organizer and director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. “The media symposium will explore questions of whether these changes offer greater opportunities or hindrances to develop public understanding and access to information. For example, if there aren’t paid investigative reporters, who will inform the public of human rights violations? Is the expansion of social media ‘liberating’ or simply a diversion?
“Several of the symposium speakers are Grinnell alumni who can address these issues from their own vantage points as national and community journalists in print, broadcast, and online media.”
The February symposium events include:
• Tues., Feb. 16, 4:15 p.m.: Belarussian journalist Evgeny Morozov will open the symposium with “The Internet: a Friend or Foe of Global Freedom?” Morozov posts a blog for Foreign Policy magazine called “Net Effect: How Technology Shapes the World,” and is currently the Yahoo! fellow at Georgetown University’s E.A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
• Tues., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: A panel of alumni journalists will provide personal and professional perspectives on “Media Changes.” Panelists will include Harold “Hal” Fuson, a Grinnell trustee and 1967 graduate who is a board member of Copley Press; David Heath, a 1981 graduate of Grinnell and senior reporter for the Huffington Post Investigative Fund; Ed Levine, publisher of SeriousEats.com and a 1973 graduate; Amy Scott, a 1997 graduate who is New York bureau chief for American Public Media’s “Marketplace;” and David Schechter, senior national editor for CNN and a 1977 graduate.
• Wed., Feb. 17, 8 p.m.: Caroline Little, CEO of The Guardian News & Media for North America, will discuss “The Changing Media Landscape and the Future of Newspapers.” Little, who is a member of the Grinnell board and the class of 1981, previously held leadership positions with the Washington Post.
• Thurs., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.: Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation on “News in the Age without Gatekeepers.” A journalist for more than 20 years, Rosenstiel is a former media critic for the Los Angeles Times and former chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek. He serves as vice chair of the Committee for Concerned Journalists and is a frequent commentator for radio, TV, and print. Rosenstiel’s latest book, “We Interrupt This Newscast: How to Improve TV News and Win Ratings Too,” is one of several of his publications used in journalism schools throughout the country.
• Thurs., Feb. 18, 4:15 p.m.: A panel of practitioners will discuss “Community Journalism: The Future of Newspapers?” Panelists will include Mark Hamilton, president and publisher of Times-Citizen Communications and a 1971 graduate of Grinnell; Carter Newton, publisher of Galena Gazette Publications and a 1977 graduate; Bill Monroe, former executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association; and John Wylie, a 1975 Grinnell graduate who is editor and publisher of the Oologah (Okla.) Lake Leader.
All symposium events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 8th Ave., unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.