39th Murrow Symposium
The Global Face of Journalism
Transformative changes that are immediate, digital and international
The changing Global Face of Journalism will be closely examined as part of this year’s 39th Murrow Symposium, hosted by The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Former NBC News Anchor John Seigenthaler, now the main anchor for emerging television news channel Al Jazeera America (AJAM) will be joined by former CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis, who now heads up news operations for AJAM.
April 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2014
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.
Following their panel discussion, a keynote address by Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation will focus on the evolution of U.S. coverage of international news. His address, “Before Al Jazeera America: The Unlikely Success of Mosaic” will show how a daily news program first offered for free on LinkTV, would open the door to the development of an entirely new cable news channel, Al Jazeera America.
Eric Newton is the senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The 39th Murrow Symposium runs April 2 and 3rd in Pullman and April 4th in Seattle. A list of our professional workshops can be found here.
Here is the schedule of events:
Wednesday, April 2 (Pullman)
•5:00 pm Hall of Achievement Program and Reception
•7:00 pm Why We Ride documentary presentation
Thursday, April 3 (Pullman)
•9:10 am–12:00 pm and 1:30–4:00 pm Professional Coaching
•9:10 am–12:00 pm and 1:30–4:00 pm Meet the Pros Workshops
•4:30 pm (Goertzen Communication Addition 21)
Murrow Symposium Panel “The Global Face of Journalism” featuring network news executive Marcy McGinnis and news anchor John Seigenthaler from the cable news network Al Jazeera America
•6:00 pm (Goertzen Communication Addition 21)
Murrow Symposium Keynote Speaker Eric Newton,
Friday, April 4 (Seattle)
•5:00 pm (Rainier Club)
Murrow Interview with John Siegenthaler, Hosted by Dean Pintak
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