Students Interact with Journalists at Annual Conference

Students Interact with Journalists at Annual Conference

October 17, 2013

Lasell Journalism Students got a chance to learn more about the field of journalism at the annual New England Newspaper Conference held last week in Natick, Mass.

Students, accompanied by Professor Marie Franklin, interacted with journalism professionals and heard their opinions about the health of the journalism field and newspapers in general.

"The journalism conference was an amazing experience. It was definitely one of the best connected learning experiences I've had at Lasell. Hearing from some of the best in the industry was inspiring," said junior Danielle Cutillo.

Ken Paulson, President of the First Amendment Center, spoke about "Digital, Dollars and Democry: The real value of American Newspapers." Paulson used real world examples to dispel the myth that newspapers are dying. Paulson pointed out that the newspaper industry is just shifting in a new direction as a new generation of readers obtains its news from electronic devices, rather than newspapers.

Another panel focused on freedom of information requests and how top journalists have put this method of uncovering information to use. That panel included real world examples and stories from Bill Kole, Associated Press' Chief of Bureau for New England, David Linton, reporter for the Sun Chronicle, Colleen Murphy, executive director of Connecticut's Freedom of Information Coalition and Cliff Scheetman, Executive Editor at the Portland (ME) Press Herald.

Scheetman said all reporters should be investigative reporters. He added that journalists should build a culture of watchdog reporting in the newsroom.

The final presentation of the conference educated the students on plagiarism. The panel included Jim Franklin, Assistant Night Editor at The Boston Globe, Fred Bayles, Professor at Boston University, Paul Pranvast, Editor at The Cape Cod Times, Steve Burgard, Journalism Director at Northeastern University and Rick Holmes, Opinion Editor at Metrowest Daily News.

- Christina Nalepa