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Mcgill Symposium

2015 Visiting Journalists

The McGill Symposium will feature the following journalists talking about what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors:

  • A conversation about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will take place with Sandy Breland, current vice president of Raycom Media and former station manager of WWL-TV (New Orleans); Anita Lee, staff writer for the SunHerald (Biloxi, Miss.); and Stan Tiner, retired executive editor and vice president of the SunHerald. The session will be moderated by Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism and head of the Department of Journalism.

  • Barbara Glickstein, co-director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College will discuss “Dying in America,” a look at end of life care. Pat Thomas, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, will moderate.

  • Issac Bailey, former columnist for the Myrtle Beach Sun and Glenn Smith, Watchdog/Public Service Editor for the Charleston Post and Courier, will discuss “Covering Race in the South,” through the lens of their coverage of the Charleston AME shootings and the Confederate flag debate in South Carolina. Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in Residence, will moderate.

  • In the concluding session, Appalachian documentary photographer Roger May will discuss and show his work “Looking at Appalachia.” Mark Johnson, senior lecturer, will moderate.

This is the ninth McGill Symposium. The first was in 2007. The McGill Symposium is funded by the McGill Lecture Endowment.

McGill Symposium, which brings together students, faculty and leading journalists to consider what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors. The McGill Symposium is funded by the McGill Lecture Endowment.

The McGill Symposium is not a public event, due to limited seating.

Each year twelve undergraduate and graduate students have been named McGill Fellows by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The students were selected by a faculty committee "for their strengths in academics, practical experience and leadership," said John F. Greenman, professor and Carter Chair in Journalism, who chaired the committee. The first class was selected in 2007.

The McGill Fellows will help to select the next recipient of the McGill Medal, awarded annually to a U.S. journalist whose career has exemplified journalistic courage.

Read the 2015 Symposium report. [pdf]