Bill Keller, Sharif Kouddous and more

Bill Keller will visit Miami University Oct. 29.

The Miami University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will serve as co-host of Bill Keller’s upcoming visit to campus.

Keller, the immediate past editor-in-chief of the New York Times, will present “My Time at the Times” Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. on the Oxford, Ohio, campus. MU-SPJ president Amanda Schumaker will help introduce Mr. Keller, and I will serve as moderator. His visit is supported by Miami’s Diana Stark Journalism Fund and the Times Collegiate Readership Program.

The MU-SPJ chapter earlier this semester attracted about 40 students to a video chat with Cairo-based freelance multi-media journalist Sharif Kouddous. In a Sept. 26 “visit,” students were able to ask Kouddous questions in real time about his coverage of the Arab Spring events of last year and about his current reporting on conflicts in the Arab World. Miami was one of five schools participating in a new project called Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists. Created by Florida Gulf Coast University and supported by the Poynter Institute and Robert B. McCormick Foundation, the program is seeking applications for its next guest, Luis Chaparro. Chapparo reports from Ciudad Juárez for El Diario and for the international news agency Efe. Applications are on the Poynter site.

Miami SPJers have also been busy:

  • attending the national convention. Amanda Schumaker and treasurer Ariana Williams made the trip with me.
  • attending other campus media events. The Miami Lecture Series hosted media personality Jerry Springer Sept. 24, and The Journalism and Mass Communications programs hosted C SPAN’s Oct. 2 visit to campus. (Both Amanda and Ariana were among the students selected to ask questions on C SPAN’s Washington Journal program.)
  • updating their own WordPress site!

Next up, journalism students will have the chance to meet social media gurus from the Bush and Obama 2004 campaigns (Oct. 15); chat with journalist David Satter about his coverage of the Putin administration (Oct. 15); and meet travel writer Rick Steves (Nov. 12).

A busy fall for the Miami journalism community! How about you? Send news from your chapter and I’ll be happy to share on the 4th Estate blog!




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