Ledes, Nut Grafs, and the Big Question: So What?

Matt Apuzzo ’00, Reporter, New York Times

Let’s begin at the beginning: the lede. Jack Cappon called it “the agony of square one.” The lede and the nut graf have always been important, but never more so than today. If you can’t explain what your story is about and why I should care, it will never break through the noise.


Libel and Other Legal Concerns for Student Journalists

Fritz Byers, communications lawyer; lecturer in law, The University of Toledo

While the 1st Amendment grants the press wide latitude on how stories might be covered, there are legal limits and serious implications for crossing the line. This lively, though-provoking session will review a host of scenarios where young media professionals might confront legal challenges. Knowing libel and other legal issues is a “must” for all journalists.


Reaction Roundtables: Your Tough Questions Answered by the Pros

John Christie, publisher and senior reporter, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting: “The use and abuse of sources”

Naomi Schalit, executive director and senior reporter, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting: “A document state of mind and your right to know.”

Eileen Sullivan Lambert, reporter, Associated Press: “I’m paid not to have an opinion?”

Barbara Walsh, “A Reporter’s Journey: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Walsh talks about covering stories that changes laws and lives.”


Lunch Keynote–Getting Started in Journalism

Jim Risen, investigative reporter, New York Times

James Risen, the recipient of the 2014 Lovejoy Award, has received recognition for some of the most important reporting in the 21st century. In 2006 he and his New York Times reporting partner Eric Lichtblau won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “carefully sourced stories on secret domestic eavesdropping that stirred a national debate on the boundary line between fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberty.” He is the author of four books including State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, a 2006 national bestseller. Risen will base his keynote remarks on his experiences in the field of journalism and give advice to those planning to embark on their own careers.


Life After College: Preparing for a Career in Journalism

David Shribman, vice president and executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There is a prescribed path into a medical career. There is a well-documented, well-trod path to a legal career. But there is no single path to a career in journalism. In that regard, as in so many others, it is like joining the circus. But David Shribman, the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a veteran of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe will provide some guideposts if not exactly a map to a satisfying career in journalism, though he acknowledges that his advice might be equally applicable to a career at Ringling Brothers, where the pay is better.