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Lecture series features top journalist, media professionals

September 09, 2013

The president of the world’s largest public relations firm, a staff writer for The New Yorker and three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will be part of a public lecture series this fall at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The “Must See Mondays” speaker series  kicks off Sept. 9 with a panel discussion featuring the women anchors of Arizona TV news: Catherine Anaya, CBS 5; Lin Sue Cooney, 12 News; Carey Pena, 3TV; and Linda Williams, Fox 10. The series ends on Dec. 2 with a session featuring Kelley Benham, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom French. Other featured speakers include Mark Hass, president of Edelman USA; Nicholas Schmidle, staff writer for The New Yorker; and a panel of journalists from Turkey and Pakistan.

All sessions, unless otherwise noted below, are in the Cronkite School First Amendment Forum at 7 p.m.

Must See Mondays’ schedule

Sept. 9: Catherine Anaya, CBS 5; Lin Sue Cooney, 12 News; Carey Pena, 3TV; and Linda Williams, Fox 10, will take part in “Meet the Women of Arizona TV News” at 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 16: Hina Ali, TV producer for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films, Pakistan; Derya Kaya, Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways, Turkey; and Javaria Tareen, reporter for the Balochistan Times, Pakistan, will present “Media Images of Unrest in Turkey and Pakistan.”

Sept. 23: Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and former executive editor of The Washington Post, along with Carnegie-Knight News21 students will present “Back Home: A News21 Investigation of the Challenges Facing Post-9/11 Veterans.”

Sept. 30: Kenny Irby, senior faculty for visual journalism and diversity and director of community relations, Poynter Institute, will discuss “Working with Hybrid Cameras: The Real Deal.”

Oct. 7: Sasha Barab and Adam Ingram-Goble of the ASU Center for Games and Impact will present “News + Play: The Power of Games and the Future of Interactive Storytelling.”

Oct. 21: Nicholas Schmidle, staff writer of The New Yorker and Cronkite Fellow at the New America Foundation, will present “Pursuing Bin Laden.”

Oct. 28: Bob Schieffer, correspondent and anchor, CBS News “Face the Nation,” will take part in a special presentation, “Bob Schieffer Speaks to Cronkite Students,” at 6 p.m.

Nov. 4: Mark Hass, president of Edelman USA, will present “The Digital Context, Storytelling and Implications for PR and Journalism.”

Nov. 18: Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters and contributing editors for Vanity Fair, will present “The Best in Business Investigations.”

Nov. 25: The winner of the inaugural Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability will take part in “Beyond the Ordinary: Improving Coverage of Disability.”

Dec. 2: Kelley Benham, staff writer, Tampa Bay Times, and Tom French, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will present “Never Let Go: Reporting and Writing on the Frontier between Life and Death.”

The series, which is held every week during the semester, brings prominent media and communication professionals to the Cronkite School. It is free and open to the public. 

In addition to the fall speaker series, the Cronkite School hosts “Cronkite Night at the Movies,” a journalism-themed film series, each Wednesday of the semester in the First Amendment Forum on the second floor of the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave. Cronkite faculty and staff introduce the movies and lead discussions following the showings.

Fall 2013 “Cronkite Night at the Movies” schedule:

Sept. 11: “Carbon Nation,” introduction by Peter Byck, the film’s director and producer and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School and the School of Sustainability

Sept. 18: “Shattered Glass,” introduction by Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and president, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Cronkite School

Sept. 25: “In the Loop,” introduction by Marianne Barrett, senior associate dean and Solheim Professor, Cronkite School

Oct. 2: “The Startup Kids,” introduction by Retha Hill, director, Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab

Oct. 9: “State of Play,” introduction by B. William Silcock, Cronkite associate professor and director of Cronkite Global Initiatives

Oct. 16: Fall break

Oct. 23: “All the President’s Men,” introduction by Joe Russomanno, associate professor, Cronkite School

Oct. 30: “All the President’s Men Revisited,” introduction by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Cronkite and former editor, The Washington Post

Nov. 6: “Nothing but the Truth,” introduction by Susan Green, assistant news director and broadcast director, Cronkite News Service

Nov. 13 (special 9 p.m. start time): “One P.M. Central Standard Time,” introduction by Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism

Nov. 20: “Capote,” introduction by Steve Elliott, director of digital news, Cronkite News Service

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 4: "Anchorman," introduction by Mark Lodato, assistant dean and broadcast news director, Cronkite NewsWatch