October 16, 2019

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Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: How Journalists Covered the Epic Upheavals Then—and Where We Are Now

Click here to RSVP >> On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched in amazement as East Germans streamed through and over the Berlin Wall to cross into West Berlin, with Berliners from both sides of the city celebrating atop the Wall. The collapse of this iconic symbol of the East-West divide was not an isolated…

Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: How Journalists Covered the Epic Upheavals Then—and Where We Are Now

Name: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: How Journalists Covered the Epic Upheavals Then—and Where We Are Now
Date&Time: 30 October 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm - Reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This photo by David Turnley is from a portfolio of images that won him the Pulitzer Prize for work in 1989 that included the fall of the Berlin Click Wall.

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On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched in amazement as East Germans streamed through and over the Berlin Wall to cross into West Berlin, with Berliners from both sides of the city celebrating atop the Wall. The collapse of this iconic symbol of the East-West divide was not an isolated incident but the culmination of a series of political upheavals throughout the region that year. Taken together, they marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire and the Cold War. Journalists who covered those historic events and their aftermath will share their experiences with OPC members on Oct. 30 and offer insights into the future of Europe and global security.

The program is open to all. The OPC invites any journalists who covered Europe and the Soviet Union to come and reconnect with former colleagues and friends.

Panelists include:

Carroll Bogert is president of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice and immigration issues in the United States. Bogert was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Bogert spent twelve years as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek in China, Southeast Asia, and the Soviet Union.

John Daniszewski became vice president for standards and editor-at-large for The Associated Press in July 2016 after more than a decade leading its international news department as international editor, senior managing editor and vice president for international news. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a reporter, editor and correspondent for both AP and the Los Angeles Times. He has worked in more than 70 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, including postings to Warsaw, Johannesburg, Cairo, Moscow, Baghdad and London.

Jonathan Kapstein was assigned to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall while Brussels regional bureau chief for Business Week magazine. In a 2016 news interview with him available on YouTube, Kapstein highlighted the long-term impact of that epochal event. During his 22 years overseas for Business Week he already had been bureau chief in South America, Canada, Italy, and Africa. Kapstein earned the OPC award for best reporting from Latin America for a cover story on Brazil and shared other OPC citations ranging from coverage of the bloody and now largely forgotten Iran-Iraq Gulf War to the still relevant issue of how the European Union is transforming the continent. He was president of the Press Club Brussels Europe prior to moving home to the US three years ago after 48 years overseas.

Andrew Nagorski was born in Scotland to Polish parents, moved to the United States as an infant and has rarely stopped moving since. He is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. He served as the magazine’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Rome, Bonn, Berlin, Warsaw, and two tours of duty in Moscow, first in the early 1980s and then from 1995 to 1996. In 1982, the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country.  His most recent book is 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War. Visit www.andrewnagorski.com

Moderator: Deidre Depke is the executive producer of The Takeaway, a morning radio news program co-created and co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC. She joined the show after serving as managing editor of Marketplace, the business and finance public radio program. She has been a reporter and editor in New York for 25 years, working as senior news editor at Business Week magazine, as the foreign editor and an assistant managing editor for Newsweek magazine and as the editor of Newsweek.com and The Daily Beast.

The program will include a slideshow of photos of the Berlin Wall by OPC member Peter Turnley, whose photos have been on the cover of Newsweek magazine more than 40 times. He has won numerous awards, including the OPC’s Olivier Rebbot Award for best photographic reporting from abroad in 1989 for the Newsweek story “Ceausescu, the fall of a dictator.” Visit www.peterturnley.com

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Nov02

AP-Fordham Journalism Conference

The New York State Associated Press Association, Fordham University’s Communication and Media Studies Department, and WFUV Public Radio are investing in the future of journalism with a full-day conference for journalism students, working reporters, and anyone interested in journalism’s vital role in empowering our democracy…

AP-Fordham Journalism Conference

Name: AP-Fordham Journalism Conference
Date&Time: 02 November 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fordham Lincoln Center campus, 12th floor lounge, enter at 60th Street at Columbus Avenue

As everyone in the OPC surely knows, journalism matters now more than ever. We live in a time in which journalists are under constant attack and where it has become increasingly hard to distinguish fact from fiction. With that in mind, the New York State Associated Press Association, Fordham University’s Communication and Media Studies Department, and WFUV Public Radio are investing in the future of journalism with a full-day conference for journalism students, working reporters, and anyone interested in journalism’s vital role in empowering our democracy.

The event will feature a wide array of presenters from some of the nation’s most respected media outlets including, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and ABC News. Sessions cover a wide range of topics from The Perils of Bothsideism and Covering the 2020 Elections, to How to Spot Fakes and Deep Fakes to Freedom of Information Tips and Tricks.

This is a “must attend” event for aspiring journalists and anyone who cares about the news. The conference is likely to sell out soon. Reserve your spot now. The small fee covers lunch. ALL WELCOME!!

Register and see the entire program here >>

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Nov16

Sperber Prize Ceremony and Lecture

All are invited to join as Fordham University awards the annual Sperber Book Prize, given for the best biography, autobiography or memoir in Journalism, to renowned investigative reporter Seymour Hersh…

Sperber Prize Ceremony and Lecture

Name: Sperber Prize Ceremony and lecture
Date&Time: 16 November 2019 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fordham University Lincoln Center, New York

All are invited to join as Fordham University awards the annual Sperber Book Prize, given for the best biography, autobiography or memoir in Journalism, to renowned investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

Hersh, long-time reporter for the New Yorker and New York Times, has won nearly every prize in Journalism, including one Pulitzer, two National Magazine Awards, and five George Polk Awards. From his exposure of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam early in his career to his documenting human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq later on, Hersh has set the standard for reporting information in the public interest. He is receiving the Sperber Award—named in honor of the great Murrow biographer A. M. Sperber—for his memoir Reporter.

Reception at 6 pm, followed by award ceremony and comments by Hersh.

At Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

60th Street and Columbus Avenue

Lowenstein Hall, 12th floor lounge

All warmly welcome!

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Journalism Contests

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

January 4, 2019
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Do you - or a reporter you know - have a great idea for an investigative or enterprise story on an important business or financial topic, but few resources to get it done?

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants of up to $15,000 to produce ambitious investigative or enterprise stories on critical issues related to the U.S. economy and business.

Grants up to $15K for Investigative & Enterprise Business Reporting  — Apply by 06/28/2019 

Applications are now open for the Summer 2019 McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The Fellowships, awarded twice a year, provide experienced journalists with the funds and editorial support needed to produce a high-impact story on a critical issue related to the U.S. economy, business or finance. The deadline for Summer 2019 applications will be June 28, 2019.

You’ll find more information on the Fellowships and the stories we’ve published at bit.ly/2iqvn63. You can also contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu.