REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.
ALUMNI WEEKEND 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Centennial Closing Event
(doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Celeste Bartos Forum
New York Public Library
(enter on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues)
New York City
Please join us for the grand closing event of our centennial year. Enjoy great music, cocktails and a cajun-style buffet with journalism faculty, fellow alumni and friends of the school.
Introduction by President Lee C. Bollinger
Keynote by Dean Nicholas Lemann
Musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:00a.m. Pick up registration packets
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. SPJ/Columbia Chapter Sale of J-School Clothing
9:00 -11:00 a.m. Social Media Workshop
Professor Sree Sreenivasan ’93
Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. What Happened to the Paper in Newspaper?
Moderator: Stu Loory ’58
A panel discussion about changes in print with Richard Levine ’63, president of the Dow Jones News Fund; Jane Eisner ’78, editor-in-chief, The Forward; Cynthia Daniels DuBose ’03, digital manager, subscriber and strategiciatives, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Karen Aho ’03, freelance journalist, MSN.
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Class Photos
12 noon Alumni Luncheon in Roone Arledge Auditorium/Lerner Hall (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION)
Dean’s Medal for Public Service
David H. Thorne ’71
U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino
David Thorne was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and to the Republic of San Marino on August 17, 2009. Thorne has a lifelong personal connection to Italy. He moved with his family to Rome in 1953 when his father, Landon Thorne Jr., was appointed by President Eisenhower to administer the Marshall Plan for Italy. He grew up in Rome learning fluent Italian and nurturing a deep appreciation and knowledge of Italy’s culture, politics, and society. After leaving the Foreign Service, his father published the Rome Daily American, established and directed the Italian branch of Banker Trust Company, and served as trustee of the American Academy in Rome. Thorne and his family have continued to support the American Academy and the arts in Italy and Boston for over fifty years. On a personal sports note, during his years in Italy, Thorne could not escape the infection of soccer mania. He played soccer in college and has continued to play league soccer in New England. As long as they are not competing against the U.S. team, he remains an Italian-team “tifoso” during European and World Cup play. He is co-founder of Adviser Investments and has been an investor and entrepreneur in a wide variety of business ventures, including marketing consulting, real estate, publishing and financial services. He recently sold his publishing business to Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Thorne is a former President and current Board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and led the design oversight team for its new building in Boston. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a BA in American History and received a master’s degree in from Columbia Journalism School in 1971. Thorne served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970 and is author of “The New Soldier” (Macmillan 1971). He is married to Rose Thorne and has two children.
Richard M. Smith ’70
Richard M. Smith is the President of the Pinkerton Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization that supports programs serving at-risk young people in poor communities. As President, Smith has responsibility for all operations of the foundation and works with the board of directors to develop long-term strategies. He joined the foundation in January 2011. He has served on Pinkerton’s board since 1996. Smith spent his entire career at Newsweek magazine. He joined the publication in 1970 on a four-week writing tryout and served as a writer in the International and National Affairs departments before moving to Hong Kong as Asian Editor and Hong Kong Bureau Chief in 1975. Four years later, he returned to New York as Editor of Newsweek International. He became Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek in 1984 and added business-side responsibilities in 1991 as President and CEO. After stepping down from an operational role in 2007, he served as nonexecutive Chairman until 2010. During his term as Editor-in -Chief and CEO, Smith led Newsweek through some of the most profitable years in the magazine’s history. Under his leadership, Newsweek launched seven foreign-language editions and won seven National Magazine Awards. In 2002, he was awarded the magazine industry’s highest honor: the Henry Johnson Fisher Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition to his foundation role, Smith is Chairman of the U.S. division of Merryck & Co., a leading CEO mentoring firm, and a member of the boards of the Forestar Group and TalkMarket.com. Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College (MI) in 1968, attended Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and received an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School. He serves on the Albion board of trustees, the board of visitors at Columbia Journalism School and the international advisory board of the Harvard AIDS Initiative. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Smith is married to Dr. Soon-Young Yoon, a medical anthropologist who works with the World Health Organization and other international agencies.
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.
Josh Friedman ’68
Josh Friedman has worked at the school since 1992, full-time or as an adjunct. He’s taught International Reporting and “New York as a Foreign Country.” Most recently he’s been Director of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes and involved in international admissions. Friedman has reported for Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was editor in chief of the Soho Weekly News. At Newsday he won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. At the Philadelphia Inquirer he was a member of the 1979 Pulitzer prize-winning team that covered the Three-Mile Island nuclear accident-- and he was one of three nationwide finalists for the Pulitzer Public Service Prize for an investigation of illegal toxic waste disposal he co-reported and co-wrote. An early chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists, he now serves on its executive committee. He is a consultant for the European Journalism Center, a member of the advisory board of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and a board member of the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY. This year, a prize was named for him—the Joshua Friedman-Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Prize for Journalism Excellence. Friedman was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.
Abrahm Lustgarten ’03
Abrahm Lustgarten writes about energy, water and the environment at ProPublica. Lustgarten is a former staff writer at Fortune, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek, Scientific American, Esquire and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant for international reporting, and has won numerous awards, including a 2009 George Polk award for environmental reporting for his investigation into the risks to water, health and climate brought by fracking for natural gas. Lustgarten is also the author of two books. The first, “China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet,” was noted by The Washington Post as one of the best reads of 2008. The second, an investigation into the history of BP management called “Run to Failure: BP and the Making of theDeepwater Horizon Disaster,” evolved out of his 2010 Emmy-nominated documentary about BP for PBS Frontline and was published in 2012. Lustgarten earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Cornell University, and has reported from Iran, China, Nepal and Russia, among other places.
Suzanne Malveaux ’91
Emmy award winning anchor Suzanne Malveaux co-anchors CNN's Around The World from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET daily and anchors CNN Newsroom from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET daily. Malveaux covered The White House for 10 years as a White House correspondent---covering Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama traveling to Europe, Africa, The Balkans, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East. She has interviewed all 5 living Presidents, and several First Ladies. In 2012, Malveaux anchored the network's Emmy winning coverage of the revolution in Egypt, leading up to and including the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. She also was a part of the network's 2011 Peabody Award winning coverage of the Arab Spring. In March of 2012, Malveaux returned to Rwanda---the civil war torn African nation she had covered 14 years ago with then President Clinton, and updated the reconciliation efforts. Later in October, she traveled to South Africa where she interviewed the family of Nelson Mandela and covered Soweto "36 years out of the student uprising". In September 2011, Malveaux embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 where she led breaking news coverage of the Taliban's terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy there. Malveaux has been named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, an Aspen Global Leadership Network fellow, an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and holds 4 Honorary Bachelor degrees. She serves on the Board of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Malveaux has been recognized as "One of America's Most Powerful Players Under 40" by Black Enterprise, Ebony's ''Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications", The Root.com 100's "Most Influential Young African Americans", and Essence Magazine's "2009 Journalist of the Year".
Janice Min ’91
As Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter since June 2010, Janice Min has overseen the re-launch and revamp of the 81-year-old publication, transforming it into the strongest player in its industry. Over the course of one year, Min created an 800 percent increase in online traffic to www.hollywoodreporter.com, led a 50 percent rise in overall revenue, and reinvigorated one of the country’s most important and respected media outlets. Before joining THR, Min was Editor-in-Chief of Us Weekly. During her six-year tenure at Us Weekly, she was responsible for doubling the magazine’s circulation to 1.9 million people; tripling the magazine’s web traffic; and raising advertising sales to outpace the industry every year of her tenure. Under her leadership, Us Weekly was named Advertising Age’s Magazine of the Year, was on Adweek’s Hotlist four years running, and was named “Performer of the Decade” by Cappell Circulation Report. Min is also the author of the much talked about best selling lifestyle book, “How to Look Hot in a Minivan” (St. Martin’s Press, September 2012), which created a national conversation about women’s relationship with their body post pregnancy. Min is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Journalism School.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. How to Develop a Book Proposal
Professor Samuel G. Freedman
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Joseph Pulitzer and his Legacy
James McGrath Morris, author of “Pulitzer: a Life in Politics,
Print and Power”
3:00 p.m. Student-led Tours of Building
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. SPJ/Columbia Chapter Sale of J-School Clothing
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Looking to the Future: The Brown Institute
With Mark Hansen, East Coast director of the Brown Institute
An introduction to the ambitious new partnership with Stanford University, designed to encourage new endeavors to inform, as well as highlight the connection between journalism and technology in a changing media landscape.
Journalism Start-Ups: Using What You Know
Moderated by Michael Rosenblum ’83, President and CEO Rosenblum TV
A panel on transforming to meet modern industry realities with Michael Cervieri ’02, co-founder of ScribeLabs and creator of the Future Journalism Project; Leela de Kretser ’05, editorial director and
publisher, DNAinfo.com; Daniel Evans ’03, community news editor, The Los Angeles Times; Stephanie Stokes ’83, InsideOut Editor at The Times-Picayune; and Michael Stoll ’98, executive director, SF Public Press.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Dean’s Panel
With Dean Nicholas Lemann, Academic Dean Bill Grueskin, Dean of Students Ernest Sotomayor and Associate Dean for Prizes and Programs Arlene Morgan.
A look into the state of the school with administrative leaders, as well as SPJ/Columbia chapter officers, with an opportunity for audience Q & A.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 25th & 50th Reunion Classes (1988 And 1963)
Happy Hour with Dean Nicholas Lemann
For the classes of 1963 and 1988
6:30 p.m. Class Socials
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 8*. We encourage you to register by the early bird deadline to guarantee seating
at the Low Library luncheon and Alumni Awards. Online registration is available at www.journalism.columbia.edu/alumni/weekend2013
Registration packets may be picked up at the following locations on Saturday, April 13:
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Journalism Building
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Low Library
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Journalism Building
* Alumni Weekend is subsidized by the Journalism School and registration fees are used to
offset the cost of catering and programming. Registration fees are not tax deductible.
The deadline to receive a refund for your registration is within 21 days from the date you registered online (only online registrations can be cancelled). Cancellations will be accepted by phone or email. Cancellation request received after the 21-day deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Registrants who do not request a cancellation by 21-day deadline and choose not to attend the event will not be eligible for a refund. No cancellations requests will be accepted after March 29.
We look forward to seeing you on campus for Alumni Weekend/Centennial 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 email@example.com or 212-854-3864 and we will make every attempt to accommodate your request.
Alumni Weekend 2013 Website
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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, 2012 and June 30, 2013, by alumni in reunion class years count toward the class gift total. You can make a gift by check, credit card or stock transfer at www.journalism.columbia.edu/giving