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On the Record: The Backstory from D.C. Journalists

Evening Seminar

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Code: 1M2666

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In the hierarchy of journalism, the Washington beat is at the top. What’s reported from here—and how it’s reported—can educate us, entertain us, and impact our lives and world views. Yet what do we know about the journalists through whose eyes we learn about the president, Congress, and the workings of government?  Where did they come from, how did they get here, and what skills are needed to thrive in this demanding media niche? 

Join veteran journalists Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post political correspondent; David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of the New York Times; Clarence Page, columnist and senior member of the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune; and Chris Wallace, journalist, television anchor, and host of Fox News Sunday, who recount their careers, compare their assignments, and swap stories in a panel discussion moderated by Stephen Hess.    

In an exploration of the changing face of journalism and what it has in store for its consumers, they’ll share views on whether social media’s unprecedented torrent of information can be tamed by journalism; debate who guarantees reporting’s accuracy and context; and offer seasoned advice on a career path for aspiring journalists.

Hess is senior fellow emeritus in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and former distinguished research professor in media studies at The George Washington University. His book, Whatever Happened to Washington Reporters, 1978-2012, (Brookings Institution Press), is available for signing following the program.


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