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Jean Everitt Journalism Lecture Series

Journalism helps to ensure lively debate, to safeguard against abuses of power and to promote freedom of expression in American democracy. Journalists give voice to those without powerful voices and tell stories that connect us to our communities. From the community newspaper to the metropolitan daily to the latest news blog, journalism breathes life into daily routines, helps us understand the world and reassures us that committed professionals will keep us informed.

The Everitt Lecture Series brings leaders in professional journalism and journalism education to campus for engaging lectures and symposia that address the pressing issues in journalism today. Lecturers are guest professors in journalism classes and give talks open to the working press and public.

Founded in 2009 by alumna Jean Everitt ’88, the series honors Everitt’s father, Levi S. Zook. “Journalists are our eyes and ears,” she says. “Most of us would have no way of knowing what’s going on in the world. I’m concerned about ethics in reporting, about conscientious reporting being overruled by budgets. I want to see those issues addressed. The important thing is that students benefit.”

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