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2017 Schuneman Symposium: ’Challenging Landscapes’

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication will present the 2017 Schuneman Symposium, “Challenging Landscapes,” March 28-29 in Baker Center Theater.

Tuesday, March 28 – Baker Center Theater, Second Floor

9 a.m. Richard and Christine Olsenius, freelance photographers and multimedia producers, presenting “Balancing Creativity in a Changing Digital Landscape.”

• Richard Olsenius is a former photographer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and freelancer for National Geographic magazine, an illustrations editor and website launch producer for National Geographic magazine, and the author of nine books, two National Geographic Field Guides, two award-winning films, six DVDs, and an award-winning multimedia CD-ROM titled “Arctic Odyssey.” See his work here.

• Christine Olsenius collaborated with her husband on books, films and web-based storytelling. One special project by Christine was ”Icebound: Last Voyage of the Sheila Yeates,” a long-form, web-based story. Christine also contributed with National Geographic on “Water: A Special Issue.”

10:30 a.m. Kaitlin Yarnall of National Geographic presenting ”Excellence in Visual Storytelling at National Geographic“

• Yarnall is the deputy director for the Centers of Excellence in Journalism, Mapping and Photography at the National Geographic Society. Yarnall also manages the photo engineering team at National Geographic. She was the lead editorial manager for National Geographic’s 2014 groundbreaking food initiative. This multi-year platform remains National Geographic’s most commercially successful editorial initiative.

1:30 p.m. Evgenia Arbugaeva, freelance photographer, presenting ”Arctic Stories“

• Arbuageva frequently studies her Arctic homeland by discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them. Arbugaeva’s work is exhibited internationally and has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, mare, Le Monde and The New Yorkermagazine. Her photo stories include “Weather man,” “Tiksi,” “Mammoth hunters” and “Forever beautiful.” You can find her works here.

3:05 p.m. Pete Souza, Scripps School of Visual Communication, presenting ”Behind the Scenes with President Obama“

• Souza was the chief official White House photographer for President Obama and the director of the White House photo office. Previously, he had been an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune in its Washington bureau, a freelancer for National Geographic and official White House photographer for President Reagan.

Tuesday, March 28 – VisCom Photogallery in Schoonover Center

5:30 p.m. Pete Souza, Scripps School of Visual Communication, White House Photograph Exhibit and reception

Wednesday, March 29 – Baker Center Theater, Second Floor

9: 40 a.m. Will Cooper, VICE, presenting ”Black and Blue“

• Cooper is a Cleveland-born journalist who covers issues of race and law enforcement for VICE Media. As the son of two black police officers, he was raised with an intimate understanding of the institutional racism that exists at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system. Over the past six years, he’s used that unique insight to pen powerful personal essays, write investigative long reads, and host critically acclaimed full-length documentaries.

10:45 a.m. Wes Lowery, alumnus, Washington Post

• Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers issues of race, justice, law enforcement and politics. He has been the paper’s lead reporter on the Black Lives Matter protest movement and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Awards for National Reporting for their coverage of fatal police shootings. Lowery is the author of the New York Times bestseller ”They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.” His reporting and writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and The Guardian.

3:05 p.m. Dani Kilgo, media scholar, presenting “The Biggest Gang in America? Police brutality, Social Unrest and Visual Journalism in the Digital Era.”

• Kilgo is a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include minority portrayals in digital and social news media, political communication, and audience effects. Kilgo’scurrent work addresses digital news coverage of social unrest surrounding police use of force and brutality against minority men and women.

4:10 p.m. Panel discussion with all speakers

• The panel is a chance for all nine speakers to engage with one another and to react to the entire symposium.

5:30 p.m. Robert Padavick, USA Today, presenting “Pushing Boundaries with VR Storytelling” (Scripps Hall 111)

• Padavick is the co-creator of “VRtually There,” USA Today’s virtual reality news series. His past work history includes international editor of CNN, NBC News, Yahoo and the Center for American Progress.

The Schuneman Symposium is just one part of Scripps Communication Week. To see the full schedule for Communication Week, click here. Since 1970, the Scripps College of Communication brings its students and the public speakers, events and panel discussions encouraging new dialog and collaborative efforts to celebrate the college and its mission.


For additional info contact Robert Stewart at 740.593.2601

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Posted by Bob Stewart on 02.28.2017 @ 00:00:00