Neal Shine Lecture Presents Tom Rosenstiel

Posted on: November 19, 2013

Tom  RosenstielRenowned author, journalist, media critic and media researcher Tom Rosenstiel will talk about the new code of ethics for journalists in the 21st century as part of the Neal Shine Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 145 of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences building.

Executive director of the American Press Institute since January 2013, Rosenstiel has been instrumental to the advancement of journalism and is considered one of the nation's most recognized thinkers on the future of media.

In 1997, Rosenstiel founded the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), a research organization that studies the news media, and served as PEJ director for 16 years. He also co-founded and served as vice chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, an organization of journalists from around the world concerned about journalism values and the future of public interest journalism.

A journalist for more than 30 years, Rosenstiel has worked as a business reporter and business editor for The Peninsula Times Tribune, his hometown paper in Palo Alto, Calif.; a media critic and Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times; media critic for MSNBC; and chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek Magazine.

A graduate of Oberlin College, B.A. English/Government, and Columbia University, M.A. Business Journalism, Rosenstiel is the author of seven books, including "The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect," which he co-authored with Bill Kovach. The book has received numerous awards and has been translated into more than 25 languages.

The annual Neal Shine Lecture series, hosted by MSU's School of Journalism, honors legendary Detroit Free Press reporter, editor and publisher Neal Shine.

Shine began his 46-year career at the Detroit Free Press in 1950 as a copyboy and rose through the ranks as a reporter, city editor, managing editor, senior managing editor, columnist and eventually ended his career - after one unsuccessful retirement in 1989 - as the newspaper's publisher in 1996. He was an integral part of the Free Press staff being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for covering the 1967 Detroit riots. He also received the Pierrot Award for his contributions to journalism and was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Shine died on April 3, 2007.

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