Campus in Brief: Overholser opens new lecture series

Thursday, September 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:49 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Columbia residents, journalists and MU students filled Fisher Auditorium to near-capacity Tuesday night to listen to Geneva Overholser, a former chairwoman of the Pulitzer Prize Board, deliver a lecture titled “Toward a New Media Ethic for a New Media Environment.”

Overholser has served on the editorial board of The New York Times and has provided media commentary on National Public Radio and PBS’ “Newshour.” She is also a professor of public policy journalism at MU.

The speech focused on the challenges facing journalism and the impact reporting has on religion. It also contained anecdotes from Overholser’s career as a journalist and commentator.

“Journalism is in a time of stress, which is not all bad,” Overholser said, referring to the public’s declining faith in the media.

Her speech was the first of six in the 2004-05 Distinguished Lecture Series.

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