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.