A new Goldfarb Center program funded by a $246,000 grant from the Knight Foundation will bring distinguished journalism fellows to campus in an effort to improve news literacy among liberal arts students.
Former Washington bureau chief of the New York Times Phil Taubman and Times environmental reporter Felicity Barringer will be at Colby Sept. 7-10. Taubman will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, on the topic “Treason or Patriotism? When the Press Publishes National Security Secrets.” At noon Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Fairchild Room in Dana, Barringer will speak on “The Dangers of Environmental Parables.”
Other visiting journalists in residence this year will be Tom Edsall, political editor of the Huffington Post (Nov. 10-14), David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (March 16-20), and Cindy Skrzycki, columnist for Bloomberg News (March 16-20).
The three-year program, through the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will bring journalists for public lectures, class sessions, and meetings with students and aspiring journalists.
Lovejoy, for whom the program is named, was an 1826 graduate of Colby whom John Quincy Adams called “the first American martyr to the freedom of the press” after he was killed for his anti-slavery editorials. Each fall Colby gives the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award to an editor, reporter, or publisher who has contributed to the nation’s journalistic achievement. This year Anne Hull of The Washington Post will receive the Lovejoy Award Sept. 28.