Journalism with Purpose: How to Write with Impact

Sunday, October 1 – Monday, October 2

Colby College Campus

 

A conference for student editors and reporters, current and future journalists, and those interested in writing for advocacy


The 2017 Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference, held in conjunction with the prestigious
Lovejoy Journalism Award, will bring together some of the nation’s best reporters, editors, renowned academics, and media gurus to provide college newspaper editors and reporters, those interested in journalism careers, and those who want to write for advocacy the opportunity to sharpen their skills and increase their impact.

This conference is free, and travel stipends are available on a limited basis. Registration is required to attend. Register here >>>

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About the 2017 Conference

Journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy.

It’s most important role is to provide citizens with the means to make informed decisions that align with their sense of justice. Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

And now, 230 years later, the importance of quality journalism has not changed, but the way it is delivered most certainly has. Rapid advances in technology have transformed the way people digest news and where they get it. Newsrooms are scrambling to deliver high-quality, fact-based stories to an increasingly more polarized world — and all on a 24-hour news cycle. Some in the industry are struggling to reinvent their operations to meet these demands, especially in what is now referred to as the “post-truth era.”

These advances have also pushed journalism beyond the confines of the newsroom to provide opportunities for activists, community leaders, academics, and other engaged citizens to publish to the world. These new players bring a wide range of voices and experiences into the fold, but they are not always armed with the training and knowledge essential to good journalism.

The 2017 Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference, held in conjunction with the prestigious Lovejoy Journalism Award, will bring together some of the nation’s best reporters, editors, renowned academics, and media gurus to provide college newspaper editors and reporters, those interested in journalism careers, and those who want to write for advocacy the opportunity to sharpen their skills and increase their impact.

This hands-on conference will help attendees learn how to:

  • Write stories that gain attention in today’s media climate
  • Bring together fact-based opinion, storytelling, and good messaging to boost the impact of advocacy pieces
  • Make good decisions on what news to cover in a 24-hour-news-cycle world
  • Make the most of the changing landscape of journalism in the digital era
  • Write community-based pieces that effectively respond to and address community needs

For More Information

Amanda Cooley
Assistant Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs
Colby College
207.859.5319