Student journalists from Colby and beyond will hear from New York Times investigative reporter James Risen at a conference for college and university journalists at Colby on Sunday, Oct. 5. The event is held in conjunction with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation, at which Colby gives an award for courageous journalism. Top editors and reporters from all types of media from all over the country will be on campus to teach and inspire the budding reporters.
The conference, “What’s the Story? The Fundamentals of Responsible Journalism for College Editors and Reporters,” runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and features workshops led by journalists from the New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Associated Press, and Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Risen will speak at lunch. The free conference, open to students from colleges and universities throughout New England, is sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Students should register in advance.
At 4 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, a panel of experts will address the tension between free speech and national security. New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Rebecca Corbett ’74 will moderate the discussion, titled “Watchdog on a Short Leash: The Escalating Conflict between Press Freedoms and National Security Surveillance.” Panelists include Siobhan Gorman, a Wall Street Journal national security reporter; Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency who testified about NSA shortcomings and lost his security clearance; and Fritz Byers, a leading communications lawyer and lecturer in law at University of Toledo.
Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter who faces possible jail time for refusing to reveal confidential sources, will receive Colby’s Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism and give a formal address at 5:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. The public is invited to the panel discussion and the convocation.
Subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for refusing to name anonymous sources cited in his 2006 book, State of War: The History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, Risen could be imprisoned if the Justice Department continues its legal action. The Supreme Court declined to intervene this summer, leaving it up to the Obama administration and Department of Justice whether to pursue the case.