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  • Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media: 2/25-26/13
EXCELLENCE:
Why it (still) matters
All events are free and open to the public
Why Journalism is Not Dead
Gwen Ifill
Moderator and Managing Editor of “Washington Week” and
Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour
February 25 :: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Baker Center Ballroom

Reception to follow speech
Unpacking the Myths about Fracking
Abrahm Lustgarten
Investigative Reporter, ProPublica
February 26 :: 9:00-10:20 a.m., Baker Center Theater
Developing a Visual Identity,
with Audio

Keith Jenkins
Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia, NPR
February 26 :: 10:30-11:50 a.m., Baker Center Theater
Photojournalists Embracing
Change in Digital Media

Michel du Cille (MSJ '94)
Associate Editor for Photography, The Washington Post
February 26 :: 1:30-2:50 p.m., Baker Center Theater
Grasping for Excellence
on the Front Lines

Kainaz Amaria multimedia team, NPR, and
Meghan Louttit (BSJ '08), multimedia producer, The New York Times (joined by the other speakers)
February 26 :: 3:05-4:25 p.m., Baker Center Theater
  • Speaker Biographies:
Kainaz Amaria is a multimedia producer and trainer at NPR, based in Washington, D.C. While her role is multifaceted, her focus is strengthening NPR's visual voice. Before NPR, Amaria was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India, shooting assignments for The New York Times, Reuters, The Times of London and others. In 2010, she was a Fulbright-Nehru scholar to India, where she visually documented the Parsi Zoroastrian community. Amaria is a graduate of Boston University and is completing her masters project in Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, where she was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007 and a graduate teaching assistant.
Michel du Cille (MSJ '94) is an associate editor at the The Washington Post. Born in Jamaica, he is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In April 2008, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with writers Anne Hull and Dana Priest of The Washington Post. The series exposed mistreatment of wounded veterans in the Army including at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The work evoked a national outcry, producing reforms by federal officials. Du Cille shared his first Pulitzer Prize, in spot news photography, with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy on coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, which caused a massive mudslide killing an estimated 25,000 people. In 1988, he was awarded a second Pulitzer, in feature photography, for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. Du Cille served as assistant managing editor for photography at The Washington Post from 2007-2012. In April 2012, was he was appointed an associate editor for photography, working primarily as a project photojournalist. He joined The Post in 1988 as picture editor. Du Cille become a member of The Miami Herald’s photography staff in 1981 after internships at The Louisville Courier Journal/Times in 1979 and The Miami Herald in 1980. He began his career in photojournalism while in high school working at The Gainesville (Ga.) Times. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University School of Journalism and holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She is also the best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” (Doubleday, 2009). Ifill reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S. politics and policies. She has covered six presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates — the 2004 debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and the 2008 debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin. Before coming to PBS in 1999, Ifill was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. She also reported for the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald American. Her work as a journalist has been honored by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, Ebony Magazine and Boston’s Ford Hall Forum. Ifill holds more than 20 honorary doctorates and serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences. A native of New York City, Ifill graduated from Simmons College in Boston.
Keith W. Jenkins came to NPR in July 2008 as the supervising senior producer for multimedia. He oversees the multimedia unit of NPR.org and is responsible for the photography and videography on the site. Jenkins and his staff work with NPR shows, reporters and editors to provide compelling visuals to match the rich audio storytelling of NPR. He and his team created visual components for NPR special series titled “ One Hundred Days: On the Road in Troubled Times,” “America's Battalion in Afghanistan,” “The York Project: Race & The ’08 Vote,” “Traveling Down the Amazon Road and Along the Grand Trunk Road: Coming of Age in India and Pakistan.” In 2011, he received an Emmy as senior producer on NPR Music’s Project Song: Moby. Jenkins spent 13 years at The Washington Post as a staff photographer and photography director of washingtonpost.com, photography editor of The Washington Post Magazine and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at the newspaper. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as AOL’s first director of photography. Jenkins began his photography career working for graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler and then spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Acclaim for Jenkins’ work as a photographer and editor has come from the National Press Photographers Association, White House News Photographers Association, Radio and Television Correspondents Association, University of Missouri, Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Designers and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. In 2007, Jenkins was the photo editor on The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Jenkins is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Boston University School of Law.
Meghan Louttit (BSJ '08) is a multimedia producer at The New York Times and the dedicated Web producer for the investigations desk. She designs and builds narrative story presentations using programming, video, audio, photography and social media. Louttit’s work has included pieces for Jim Glanz’s look into data centers, Louise Story’s series on state and local tax incentives, and David Bartsow’s Wal-Mart investigation. She has also created special issues for The New York Times Magazine and was the lead producer on the 10-year anniversary package about 9/11. In addition to her editorial work, Louttit creates and helps maintain reusable multimedia templates for newsroom use. She has received an Emmy for news and documentary and awards from the Online News Association. Louttit is an Ohio native and graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She previously worked as a community reporter and home page producer at The Washington Post.
Abrahm Lustgarten writes about energy, water and the environment at ProPublica. He is a former staff writer at Fortune, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek, Scientific American, Esquire and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant for international reporting and has won numerous awards, including a 2009 George Polk award for environmental reporting for his investigation into the risks to water, health and climate brought by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Lustgarten is the author of two books. The first, “China¹s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet,” was noted by The Washington Post as one of the best reads of 2008. The second, an investigation into the history of BP management titled “Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster,” evolved from his 2010 Emmy-nominated documentary about BP for PBS’ “Frontline” and was published in 2012. Lustgarten has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Cornell University. He has reported from Iran, China, Nepal and Russia, among other places.
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