Science and medicine: an hour with Mark Somerson

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Mark Somerson, Science Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, spoke to Ohio University SPJ regarding the growth and importance of science and environmental journalism in today’s world. Somerson has worked for 24 years at the Dispatch and became the Science Editor in 2002. He oversees science, the environment, health care and transportation stories.

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Plagiarism at the top: the Jayson Blair and the New York Times scandal

A Fragile TrustOn Tuesday, January 27, 2015, OU SPJ partnered with Scripps Howard Visiting Professional Andy Alexander’s Ethics, Mass Media and Society class to show the documentary A Fragile Trust. About 100 students attended the showing of the film, which discussed “plagiarism, power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times.” Students were also encouraged to tweet about the film and the following discussion using the hashtag #AFragileTrustOU. Continue reading “Plagiarism at the top: the Jayson Blair and the New York Times scandal”

Farfel Prize winner talks investigative reporting

Ellen Gabler, an investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was in Athens on Tuesday, November 4. Students in JSchool Director Bob Stewart’s “Future of Media” class, along with others who came to this 12pm impromptu SPJ meeting, had the opportunity to hear from this year’s winner of the Farfel Prize.

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