Columbia Journalism School

Fall 2012 Events

BROWN BAG LUNCH | Comic Books, Journalism and Tablets

October 23, 2012
12:30PM to 2:00 PM
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Stabile Student Center

Hosted by the duPont Awards and SPJ

Comic portrait of Erin Polgreen

How are comic books useful to journalists? What do you need to know about building an iPad app? And how does entrepreneurship fit into all of this?

Join Erin Polgreen, founder of Symbolia: The Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism for a presentation and in-depth Q+A on these issues and more. Learn the ins and outs of bootstrapping a digital news enterprise, how to convince editors to experiment with new ways of story-telling, and get a sneak peek of the preview issue of Symbolia.

Symbolia contributors Kat Fajardo and Audrey Quinn will be joining Polgreen to discuss their experiences building interactive journalistic content for the tablet. Together they'll share best practices, surprising mis-steps, and give an honest debrief on how to build successful partnerships between journalists and artists.


PANEL: Innovative Political Reporting - Election 2012

September 18, 2012
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Lecture Hall

Hosted by the duPont Awards and the Tow Center

Image Capture from PBS News Hour Website

How are journalists using technology in new ways this election season? This panel will take students behind the scenes to discuss the best uses and practices of digital technology for political reporting.

Hear from PBS NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni, Wall Street Journal Senior Graphics Editor Andrew Garcia Phillips, and West Wing Report Founder and Editor Paul Brandus who will showcase their organizations’ to innovate the way we consume our political news.

Topics will include skills reporters need to cover this election accurately and responsibly, changes in the newsroom, the best uses of digital technology, and current trends in the way consumers are getting their news and information this election cycle vs. 2008.

This event will be an All Class Lecture held on Tuesday, September 18 for the new class of journalism students at Columbia and will be open to the public. Alumni and others in the Columbia community will be invited.

PANEL | Great Debates: Why They Matter and What Is At Stake

September 27, 2012


6:30 PM
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hosted by the duPont Awards, The Paley Center for Media and The Women's Media Center

Debate Moderator: Pat Mitchell, CEO and President of The Paley Center for Media
Bill Wheatley, Former Executive Vice President, NBC News
Carole Simpson, 1992 PresidentialBarbara Walters, 1976 & 1984 Presidential Debate Moderator
Dr. Meena Bose, Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies at Hofstra University; Director, Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Caitlin Thompson, Director, Online Political Coverage, WNYC
Political debates are unscripted television at its best. This evening will explore the risks and rewards for candidates as well as issues the networks and moderators face before the 2012 debates begin the following week on October 3.

The evening will commence with a conversation featuring Barbara Walters and Carole Simpson, the first women to moderate presidential debates. The panel with its diverse perspectives will then take the audience behind-the-scenes of these pivotal live televised events, examining the challenges that networks have in airing these high-stakes contests.  The panel will also explore how having new formats, like town meetings, and new technology, such as social media, impacted the process. And the seminal question will be asked: Are the debates still the best way to inform the electorate about where candidates stand on issues?

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