Columbia Journalism School
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  • Alumni Weekend 2014 Awards Luncheon in Low Library
  • Alumni-weekend-slideshow
  • Alumni Weekend 2014 Awards Luncheon in Low Library

Alumni and Friends

#CJSAW15

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Friday, April 24, 2015

1 – 6 p.m.

PICK UP REGISTRATION PACKETS in Pulitzer Hall Lobby

2 – 4 p.m.

HOW TO DEVELOP A BOOK PROPOSAL
Professor Sam Freedman, author, New York Times columnist

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

REIMAGINING TECH JOURNALISM
A conversation with Walt Mossberg ’70 and Kara Swisher ’85, who co-founded Re/code, an independent site for tech news, reviews and analysis. Interviewed by Shane Snow ’10, award-winning entrepreneur and journalist and chief creative officer of Contently, a technology company.

6 – 7 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INNOVATOR AWARD AND HEARST DIGITAL MEDIA LECTURE: A CONVERSATION ON THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL COVERAGE AND AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

 

With Kevin J. Delaney, editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz and former Wall Street Journal reporter, and Lydia Polgreen ’00, deputy international editor at The New York Times

7 – 8 p.m.

HEARST DIGITAL MEDIA RECEPTION

Saturday, April 25, 2015

8 – 9 a.m.

SUNRISE SOCIAL WITH INSTAGRAM

 

Sree Sreenivasan ’93, chief digital officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, takes early risers on a walk around campus while offering instruction on Instagram. Please pre-register your own Instagram account. Meet on the steps of Pulitzer Hall with your cell phone, 8 a.m. sharp.

8 – 11:30 a.m.

Registration Packet Pick up in Pulitzer Hall Lobby.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sale of J-School clothing by Society of Professional Journalists Columbia Chapter

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 

DISPLAY OF BOOKS BY J-SCHOOL AUTHORS
Books written within the last year by Journalism School alumni and faculty will be on display in Pulitzer Hall Lobby. (If you have published a book within the year, please send a copy to the Alumni Office.)

9 – 10:15 a.m.
 

ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA
Sree Sreenivasan ’93 on staying current with social media reporting tools.

9 – 10:15 a.m.

COVERING CLIMATE CHANGE
Featuring Scott Dodd MA ’07, editor of OnEarth.org., John Fialka ’62, editor of ClimateWire, Katherine Bagley MS/MA ’09, reporter for InsideClimate News, and Dina Cappiello ’99, national environmental reporter for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

NOT YOUR FATHER'S J-SCHOOL
A tour of changes at 116th and Broadway
The tour will showcase the new Columbia Journalism Review office, the broadcast facilities and the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

TRACKING TERRORISM AT HOME, ABROAD AND ONLINE
With Catherine Herridge ’90, chief intelligence correspondent for FOX News, Washington, D.C., Abigail Hauslohner MA ’09, former Cairo bureau chief for The Washington Post, Dina Temple-Raston ’06, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR, and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin ’07, creator and co-host of Al Jazeera English’s social media show, “The Stream,” freelance journalist and J-School adjunct.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CLASS REUNION PHOTOS
The World Room

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

ALUMNI LUNCHEON AND PRESENTATION OF ALUMNI AWARDS
Low Library Rotunda

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

PUTTING YOUR JOURNALISM SKILLS TO USE IN OTHER CAREERS
Renée Edelman ’80, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Rachel Leifer ’05,program officer, Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Ravi Kumar ’12, online communications officer, The World Bank and Elizabeth Rosenman ’90,attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights, Moderated by: David Bank ’85, editor of ImpactAlpha.com.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

DOCFEST: A SCREENING OF SELECT DOCUMENTARIES
Come see student-produced works selected as the best in the 2014 Documentary Program, a full-time, optional semester designed to train students as independent film producers and directors.

3:45 –4:45 p.m.

TOWN HALL AND DISCUSSION
Data Journalism and Investigative Reporting
On the state of the school and changes in the industry with Dean Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

5 – 6 p.m.

HAPPY HOUR FOR 25TH AND 50TH REUNIONS
Classes of 1990 and 1965

5 – 6 p.m.

J-TEN HAPPY HOUR FOR ALL GRADUATES IN CLASSES 2005-2014

5 – 6 p.m.

REUNION CLASS SOCIALS
Contact your class agents for details

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Advance registration is required for all events. There is no on-site registration and we expect events may sell out due to space constraints. There is an early-bird special for those who register by March 28*. We encourage you to register by the early bird deadline to guarantee seating at the Low Library luncheon and Alumni Awards.

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*Alumni Weekend is heavily subsidized by the Journalism School and registration fees are used to offset the cost of catering and programming. Registration fees are not tax deductible.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Registration fees are non-refundable.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

We look forward to seeing you on campus for Alumni Weekend and would like to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. If you have any special needs, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at jalumni@columbia.edu or 212-854-3864 and we will make every attempt to accommodate your request.

REUNION GIVING

The occasion of your reunion provides an opportunity to make a contribution to Columbia Journalism School to help maintain its standard of excellence and ensure its continued success. All contributions made to the School between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, by alumni in reunion class years count toward the class gift total. This April is an especially good time to give, thank to a generous challenge match from several members of the class of 1970. These alumni are providing a total of $100,000 to match your Annual Fund gift at a 2:1 ratio, tripling your impact on student scholarships.You can make a gift by check, credit card or stock transfer at journalism.columbia.edu/giving. Please contact Siri Baker at 212-854-5263 with any questions.

The Alumni Awards are presented annually for a distinguished journalism career in any medium, an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, a notable contribution to journalism education or an achievement in related fields.

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Raney Aronson-Rath ’95
Raney Aronson-Rath is deputy executive producer of FRONTLINE, the PBS documentary series. From the emergence of ISIS in Syria to the hidden history of the NFL and concussions to the secret reality of rape on the job for immigrant women, Aronson-Rath shapes FRONTLINE’s acclaimed reporting and guides the series’ evolution and editorial vision. She has developed and managed nearly 30 in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with outlets including ProPublica, The New York Times and Univision. Under her leadership,FRONTLINE has won every major award in broadcast journalism and expanded its digital footprint. Prior to FRONTLINE, Aronson-Rath worked at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC.

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Margaret (Margie) McBride Lehrman ’70
Margaret (Margie) McBride Lehrman is an Emmyaward-winning producer who retired in 2009 after 30 years at NBC News in Washington, DC. She was a producer with the TODAY Show and deputy Washington bureau chief under Tim Russert. Lehrman’s career also includes radio, newspapers and magazines,as well as staff jobs at the Peace Corpsand U.S. Senate. She received numerous awards, including two Emmys, one for coverage of the death and funeral of Ronald Reagan, and one for coverage of Election Night 2008. She also received the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Reporting, for broadcasts from China. At NBC News, Lehrman also was a charter member of the Task Force on Women and Minorities, and a diversity trainer for two years. She also served on the Alumni Board of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Jeff Gottlieb ’80
Jeff Gottlieb is a senior writer at the Los Angeles Times. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting in 2011 for uncovering corruption in the city ofBell, which led to the conviction of seven city officials, new state legislation and an increased focus on the salaries of publicofficials. He also received the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal and the Selden Ring Award, among others. While a reporterat the San Jose Mercury News, he won a George Polk Award for uncovering Stanford University’s questionable spending of federal funds. As a result of his stories, Congress convened hearings, Stanford’s president resigned and new federal regulations were put into place. Jeff has written articles for Mother Jones, the Nation, Time, the Village Voice and Los Angeles Magazine.

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Irena Choi Stern ’01
Irena Choi Stern retired in June 2014 after 10 years as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations at the Journalism School. She expanded the scope of the Journalism School’s alumni relations program,including establishing an Alumni Board, serving as managing editor of a newly redesigned school publication and broadening the school’s outreach to its international alumni. She joined the Journalism School in 2002 to launch the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism and administer the Lukas/Lynton Prize Project. Irena has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, The New York Daily News and AOL.

Founder’s Award
Established in 2007, the Founder's Award is given to alumni who have demonstrated continued support for the mission of the school to educate the next generation of journalists.

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Eve Orlans Mayer ’52
Eve Orlans Mayer used her training as a reporter to pioneer the early years of television, write for medical and social welfare magazines, work in public relations for a variety of universities and start her own public relations and marketing firm. She was an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. In 2002, Eve was the first woman from the Journalism School to receive the Columbia University Alumni Medal. She served on the alumni executive committee for the J-School, served as class chair for the Annual Fund and was instrumental in organizing the John Hohenberg Memorial Scholarship and the Class of 1952 Scholarship.

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Paul Neely ’70
Paul Neely retired as publisher of the Chattanooga Times in April 1999, shortly after its merger with the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Mr.Neely joined the Chattanooga Timesin 1983 as managing editor. He had worked previously at The Riverside Press-Enterprise, The Louisville Courier-Journal and the St. Petersburg Times. In 2014 he was asked by Dean Coll to be the chair of the Board of Visitors at the Columbia Journalism School. He helped lead a fundraising effort with the Board of Visitors to establish the Dean’s Fund, a new scholarship honoring Dean Nick Lemann’s decade of service and welcoming Dean Steve Coll to the school.

Dean’s Medal for Public Service
Awarded by the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, the Dean’s Medal recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to society through his or her professional accomplishments and civic involvement.

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Wayne J. Dawkins ’80
Wayne J. Dawkins is an associate professor at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. He has been one of Columbia’s most active alumni, cofounding the Black Alumni Network in 1980, which publishes a monthly newsletter and hosts a breakfast for Columbia alums and prospective students each year. He and Columbia Trustee and J-School alumna A’Lelia Bundles spearheaded fundraising for the Black Alumni Network scholarship. Dawkins is historian of the National Association of Black Journalists and is the author of a 2012 book on Andrew W. Cooper, a voting rights activist and journalist from Brooklyn. He is also the producer of “Voting Rights Northern Style” a 2007 public broadcasting digital media project.

Innovator Award
This award recognizes alumni who have created or developed new ideas that further the cause of journalism. The award helps to highlight the school’s growing emphasis on innovative methods of digital delivery, reporting and presentation.

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Walt Mossberg ’70
Walt Mossberg is the co-CEO and co-ownerof Revere Digital, with Kara Swisher. It is a tech and media news company that publishes the Re/code site and also puts on a series of Code Conferences, which features prominent speakers from the digital industry. With Swisher, he produced D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference that featured tech giants like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering was considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Previously, Mossberg was the author and creator of the weekly “Personal Technology” column in the Wall Street Journal, and he spent 18 years covering national and international affairs in the Journal’s Washington bureau. He has appeared regularly on television and Internet video as a commentator on technology issues and has been interviewed many times on programs like “Charlie Rose” and “The News Hour,” as well as on National Public Radio.

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Kara Swisher ’85
Kara Swisher is the co-CEO and co-owner of Revere Digital, which publishes the Re/code site. Before Revere, Swisher coproduced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital, with Walt Mossberg. She and Mossberg werealso the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, AllThingsD.com. Previously, Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau, and wrote the column, “BoomTown." She also wrote a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.” Swisher previously worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” and its sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future."

 

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