Mary A. Gardner Lecture

lecturesThe Mary A. Gardner endowed lecture series was established in 2002 in honor of former MSU Professor Emeritus Mary A. Gardner. Gardner, who died in January 2004, left an indelible mark on journalism and journalism education.

In the mid-1980s, she helped establish the Hispanics in Journalism program at MSU, the first of its kind in the country, with a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

For two decades, she worked with young reporters at El Norte in Monterrey, Mexico, holding them to the same tough standards she held her students in the classroom. Her contributions are credited with helping El Norte and its sister newspaper, Grupo Reforma, become the most influential publications in Mexico. Dr. Gardner has been described as the godmother of the free press in Mexico.

In her honor, the School of Journalism, with a gift from El Norte and its publisher, her former student Alejandro Junco, created a fund to support an annual lecture focused on press issues in Latin America and to create the Mary Gardner Scholars program for the most outstanding students in journalism.

Past presenters:
Alejandro Junco, founder and president of Grupo Reforma, one of the most powerful newspaper conglomerates in Latin America. For 30 years, Junco has been a leader in establishing an independent press. He also has opened greater access to the electronic information industry in Mexico.

Vanessa Arrington, former Associated Press Foreign Staff Reporter. Her presentation was titled "Neither Paradise Nor Purgatory: Castro's Communist Cuba and the Art of Balanced Reporting."

Gloria B. Anderson, Vice President, International and Editorial Development, The New York Times News Service. Her presentation was titled "What Is News Now?"

Rosental C. Alves, Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, UNESCO Chair in Communication, Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin. His lecture was titled "Democratization and Press Freedom in Latin America: From Mary Gardner's Work to the FOIA."

Joel Simon, Deputy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. His lecture was titled "Power Struggle: Is the Latin American Press too Political?"

Alejandro Junco, CEO and Publisher, Grupo Reforma Newspapers, Mexico; addressed the issues of a free press, open records and empowered citizens.

Federico Subervi (Director of the Center for Latino Media and Markets at Texas State University) gave statistics and examples of the growing Latino population and the opportunities in journalism to serve these audiences.

Alejandro Junco (publisher of Grupo Reforma, the largest news organization in Mexico) visited again to talk about the tumultuous environment in Mexico and how freedom of the press is imperative to improve the situation.

Martha Stone (newspaper industry author, speaker and consultant) gave a comprehensive overview of the changing industry.

Neal Shine Ethics Lecture

Neal ShineLegendary Detroit Free Press reporter, editor and publisher Neal Shine was considered by many to be the conscience and soul of his newspaper and staff. In a career that began in 1950 and spanned across five decades, he rose through the ranks from copy boy to reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, managing editor, senior managing editor and publisher.

Shine's integrity, resourcefulness and network of sources were well-known. He became an iconic figure among journalists throughout the state of Michigan and well beyond. Whether chasing a tip, writing on deadline or editing a story, he was the consummate newspaperman. Journalism is better because of him.

Shine's sense of humor, sense of fairness and warmth made his readers friends. Those who knew him and worked with him all believed he was somehow "our" Neal Shine. He passed away on April 3, 2007, but memories and stories of him and by him will live on through the thousands he touched. That he was part of us at the J-School at MSU, we will always be grateful. This lecture will continue as a living legacy of the values of Neal Shine lived and taught.

Presenters in recent years have included:
Gene Roberts, Pulitzer Prize winning author and editor, veteran executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and former managing editor of The New York Times. His presentation was titled "The Ethical Dilemma of the Money Changers in the Temple and the News."

Nancy Youssef, Chief Pentagon Correspondent and Baghdad Bureau Chief, McClatchy. Her presentation was titled "How Iraq Has Changed Journalism at the Frontlines."

Dan Okrent, former public editor of I His presentation was titled "Inside the Belly of the Whale: My 18 Months Watching the New York Times Deal with Political Polarization, Press Defensiveness and the Bleak Future of Newspapering."

Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe. Her presentation was titled "The Political is too Personal, the Trivial is too Important and Television News is an Oxymoron."

Panelists Karen Brown Dunlap, president, Poynter Institute for Media Studies; Marcia Gauger, a former Time magazine bureau chief; Renee Hampton, publisher, The Saginaw News; Carole Leigh Hutton, publisher, Detroit Free Press; Mary Ann Weston, associate professor of journalism at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and former Detroit Free Press staff writer; moderated by Sue Carter, former radio and TV reporter, Secretary of the MSU Board of Trustees and J-School faculty member. The symposium was titled "Women in the Media Executive Suite: Have They Changed Boardroom and Newsroom Behaviors?"

Geneva Overholser, Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her presentation was titled "The Ethics of Journalism Under Challenge."

Gerald M. Boyd, Managing Editor, The New York Times and Robin D. Stone, author, former editor, Essence.com. Their presentation was titled "Do the Right Thing: Social Change and Relevant, Responsible Journalism."

Judy Keene (reporter, USA TODAY) talked with students about the exciting changes happening in journalism and the differences from when she began and today.

Alumni Jemele Hill (reporter, ESPN), MacKenzie Wilson (reporter and producer, NBCOlympics.com) and Charles Robinson (investigative reporter, YahooSports!) who gave recent examples of ethical situations that arise as they work to bring accurate news to the public.

Ginny Seyferth (owner, Seyferth PR), Taryn Asher (reporter, Fox 2 News) and Deborah Guthrie (producer, HOME TV) spoke on the importance of reporting accurately and objectively on women in the news and the need for more females in the news business. This panel presentation included the video, "Miss Representation," with statistics and examples of bias about women and media.

The Frederick S. Siebert Lecture

The MSU School of Journalism established the Siebert Lecture series in 1968 in honor of Frederick S. Siebert, director of the School of Journalism from 1957 to 1960 and dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences from 1960 to 1967.

Fred Siebert was a noted first amendment scholar and professor of Journalism who became dean of the college. A distinguished lectureship was created in his honor more than three decades ago, and some of the most distinguished media professionals in the nation subsequently have delivered this lecture at MSU.

In 2002, the Siebert Lecture featured four Pulitzer Prize winning journalists addressing the topic "Can the First Amendment Survive the War on Terrorism?"

Panelists at that lecture included Dick Cooper from the Philadelphia Inquirer; David Ashenfelter of the Detroit Free Press; Jim Mitzelfeld, assistant U.S. Attorney and former reporter for The Detroit News; and Eric Freedman, assistant professor of journalism at MSU and former reporter for The Detroit News.

Presenters in recent years have included:
Mike Silverman, senior managing editor, Associated Press

Sergio Miramontes, Director of Editorial Processes for GrupoReforma. His presentation was titled "Participatory Democracy inMexico: The Editorial Councils of Grupo Reforma."

Steve Sternberg, USA Today medical reporter. His presentation was titled "Covering the Plague: AIDS, the Press and a Personal Journey."

Tim O'Brien, former United States Supreme Court correspondentfor ABC News, who discussed the use of television to expose the publicto the great issues debated by the nation's highest court.

Dr. Felix Gutirrez, senior vice president of the Newseum, theFreedom Forum's interactive museum of news. His lecture was titled "OneFreedom, Many Voices?"

Walter Mears, Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press columnist. His presentation was titled "Forty Years of Presidential Campaigns."

Hodding Carter III, President, CEO and Trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, who spoke on the new media's traditional mission.

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