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“Journalists and their Communities,” a symposium organized by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College, will be held Wednesday, October 15, in conjunction with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation. The symposium will include three panel discussions with national and Maine newspaper editors and reporters and Colby faculty members. All panels will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and are open to the public.
“The Food Chain,” a discussion of current career paths in journalism, will be held at 1:45 p.m. Earl Smith, dean of the college emeritus, will chair the panel discussion. Participants include Rebecca Corbett ’74, assistant managing editor of The Baltimore Sun; Chris Davenport ’95 of The Washington Post; Elizabeth Mehran of the Los Angeles Times and Chris Morrill ’81, vice president for multimedia at The Hartford Courant. The panel will examine who becomes a reporter today, will ask if weeklies and small dailies are still feeder systems for big-city papers, will discuss the role of journalism schools and will consider how journalists’ different backgrounds affect news coverage.
“Descendants of Lovejoy,” a panel discussion on the difficulties and dangers in reporting news honestly, will be held at 3 p.m. Thomas Morrione ’65, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, will be the chair. Participants include Hugh Bowden, executive editor of The Ellsworth American; Rex Rhoades, editor of The Lewiston Sun Journal; and Matthew Storin, editor emeritus of The Boston Globe. The panel will cover the difficulties and dangers of reporting local news honestly when the journalist is a member of the local community. Participants will discuss how much discretion a reporter or editor has and how editors define their roles in the community.
“Media Agglomeration,” which will cover the trend of large media companies acquiring newspapers, will be held at 4:15 p.m. L. Sandy Maisel, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center, will be the chair. Participants include Erik Conrad, managing editor of the Portland Press Herald and Sunday Telegram; Ann Marie Lipinski, editor of The Chicago Tribune; and Rena Pedersen, editor at large of The Dallas Morning News. Participants will discuss the acquisition of newspapers from big-city dailies to small-town weeklies by large media companies and how that affects readers.
The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagements, new this year, is an innovative academic initiative designed to engage Colby students and faculty in projects in the local community, the state of Maine, the nation and other countries where they study and work.
At 8 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel, Steve Mills and Maurice Possley, investigative journalists from the Chicago Tribune, will receive the 51st Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for journalism. Mills’s and Possley’s reporting led to pardons for wrongly accused death row inmates and to a blanket commutation of death sentences in Illinois. The Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, is presented annually to honor courageous contributions to the nation’s journalistic achievement and to remember Elijah Parish Lovejoy, a Colby graduate who was America’s first martyr to freedom of the press. The public is invited to the convocation in Lorimer Chapel.
For information about the Lovejoy Award and past winners, visit www.colby.edu/lovejoy.