39th Murrow Symposium
The Global Face of Journalism
Transformative changes that are immediate, digital and international
April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2014
An exciting lineup of guests will be on hand for the 39th Murrow Symposium.
Marcy McGinnis is senior vice president of newsgathering at Al Jazeera America. Previously, McGinnis was at CBS News for three decades and held several executive roles including senior vice president of news coverage.
John Seigenthaler is the prime time news anchor at Al Jazeera America, the new U.S. news channel providing both domestic and international news for American audiences.
Eric Newton is the senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As program director and vice president, Newton has over the past decade helped expand Knight’s journalism and media innovation programs overseeing the development of more than $300 million in grants.
Join us for a full slate of events on the Pullman campus of Washington State University April 2nd and 3rd, with taping of the Murrow Interview in Seattle April 4th.
News from Previous Events
March 20, 2013
Former CBS News President keynotes The Edward R. Murrow 2013 Communicators Summit
Nationally known news executive, award-winning producer, and expert in new-media strategy, Andrew Heyward gave the keynote address "Murrow 2.0, Re-inventing News for the Digital Generation" as part of the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Symposium Communicators Summit. The former president of CBS News, Heyward offered students and professionals insights into adapting new strategies for today's fast-moving media world. Read the story here.
Heyward currently is a partner in the boutique strategy firm MarketspaceNext and runs his own practice to help media companies develop innovative online ventures and profitable digital strategies; create new content and services; and transform their businesses to drive growth and revenue in an age of rapid evolution. He served as president of CBS News from 1996-2005, and was the executive producer of The CBS Evening News, along with being responsible for developing and launching 48 Hours, the primetime CBS News hour that premiered in January 1988. He has won 12 national Emmy Awards.
March 20, 2013
Facebook's Dan Fletcher talks with students as part of The Edward R. Murrow 2013 Communicators Summit
Dan Fletcher spoke with students in a candid discussion with his work with social media giant Facebook during his talk “Facebook and the Future of the Newsroom.” Fletcher’s career began as the first social media editor for TIME, where he covered technology for the website and magazine and launched TIME's NewsFeed site. In 2011, Fletcher moved to Bloomberg News and created the editorial social media team for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. After joining Facebook in 2012, Fletcher led the team that created Facebook Stories, an editorial platform to explore the impact of social media around the world. Read the story here.
As part of The Edward R. Murrow Communicator’s Summit, three new members were inducted into the Murrow Alumni Hall of Achievement - outstanding Murrow alums Gary Petersen '65, Dennis Franklin '75, and Eric Johnson '84. Students also had a chance to sit down and meet with a variety of professionals in the industry as part of the Meet the Pros portion of the summit – a special series of education, networking, and student mentorship events. The three day event in March wrapped up with a special screening of the movie “Middleton,” show here on the WSU campus in the summer of 2012.
September 27, 2012
Dan Rather to accept 2012 Edward R. Murrow
Award at WSU Pullman
Veteran newsman Dan Rather is recipient of the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Rather will accept the honor and deliver the thirty-eighth Murrow Symposium keynote address on September 27 in Beasley Coliseum at WSU Pullman. Full story
About the Symposium
Murrow Symposium is an annual program that acknowledges exceptional achievement in communication, celebrates scholarship, and connects students to industry professionals.
The symposium began more than 30 years ago as a panel discussion and lecture series designed to honor the legacy of Murrow, regarded as a broadcasting icon because of the news reporting and ethical standards he brought to his craft.
Since the 1990s, the Murrow School has honored the achievements of top leaders in the communication industry at the symposium. Each year's honoree presents a public address on campus to highlight the symposium.