PULITZER PRIZE CENTENNIAL:
THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA COVERAGE

Sept. 28 in Tulsa
Sept. 29 in Norman and Edmond

All events are free. No registration required. Journalists and the general public are encouraged to attend these events to commemorate the Centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.

PARKING:

The University of Tulsa: Get Directions, Free parking on east side of Lorton Performing Center. Additional parking at Stadium. Campus Map (building #24)

Gaylord College at The University of Oklahoma: Paid parking available at Student Union parking garage, 900 Asp Avenue. Get Directions to Union garage. Campus maps. It's a one-half mile, 10-minute walk to Gaylord Hall. Free parking is available at Lloyd Noble Center and ride a shuttle to campus. The shuttle picks up every 5-10 minutes and will drop off near the Stadium. Get directions to Lloyd Noble. Get directions to Gaylord Hall. 

University of Central Oklahoma: Paid visitor parking lot at 750 E. Main St., Edmond. Get directions. The lot is just southwest of the Liberal Arts Building & auditorium. Campus map (building #29)


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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28:

From Watchdog to Spotlight:
Journalists Exposing Systemic Abuse

7 p.m. at the University of Tulsa Lorton Performance Center,
550 S. Gary Place, Tulsa, OK 74104.

Featuring:

» Boston Globe Editor-at-Large Walter “Robby” V. Robinson, who led the “Spotlight” investigative team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage about the widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests, and an ongoing cover-up of pedophilia by the Boston Archdiocese. Actor Michael Keaton portrayed Robinson in the movie “Spotlight” that won “Best Picture” in this year’s Academy Awards.

» Susan Ellerbach, executive editor of the Tulsa World

» Ziva Branstetter, editor in chief of The Frontier in Tulsa
Branstetter and Ellerbach were part of the Tulsa World team that was a Pulitzer finalist in 2015 for their stories on the botched executions at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

» Joe Hight, the endowed chair of journalism ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Hight was editor when The Gazette in Colorado Springs won the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2014 for a story about dishonorable discharges.

» Elana Newman, the McFarlin professor of psychology, affiliate faculty of communication at Tulsa and research director of the Dart Center

» Bruce Shapiro, contributing editor for the Nation and executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

The event will kick off with an interview featuring Robinson and then a panel discussion with Robinson, Ellerbach, Branstetter, Hight, Newman and Shapiro.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29:

The Culture of Trauma Coverage Before and After the Internet

10:30 a.m. in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Auditorium at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 395 W. Lindsey, Norman, OK 73109.

Featuring:

» Hailey Branson Potts, a reporter who was a member of the Los Angeles Times’ team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

» Ed Kelley, an Editor & Publisher Editor of the Year who is now dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

» Hannah Allam, a foreign correspondent who is now with McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington Bureau.

» John Schmeltzer, an OU professor who won the Pulitzer Prize when he was at the Chicago Tribune.

» Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s executive director.

The event will open with a special video tribute to the late Anthony Shadid, a native Oklahoman who was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. It is being produced by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and will be introduced by Kari Watkins, executive director of the Memorial & Museum. The panel discussion will follow.

Research on Journalists and Coverage of Trauma

2 p.m. in the UCO Liberal Arts College’s Pegasus Theater,
199 N. Baumann Ave., Edmond, OK 73034.

Featuring:

» Elana Newman, the University of Tulsa professor who is the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s research director.

» Raymond McCaffrey, a former Washington Post reporter and editor who now is the director of the Center for Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas.

» Kenna Griffin, a former reporter for The Oklahoman who is now an assistant professor at Oklahoma City University.

» Desiree Hill, a former TV news executive who now teaches at UCO.

» Mike Boettcher, a war correspondent, documentarian and visiting professor at OU.

» Hailey Branson Potts, a reporter who was a member of the Los Angeles Times’ team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

» Charles Porter IV, a citizen journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo of firefighter Chris Fields carrying Baylee Almon in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. Porter now lives in Fort Worth. The interview will focus on the ethical and emotional challenges in covering disasters and terrorism.

Note: Newman will begin the panel by describing the current status of research about journalists and trauma scholarship conducted at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and elsewhere, including preliminary findings on a study about Pulitzer winners who have covered victims of tragedy. All the panelists are educators who have completed or are conducting ongoing research about journalists’ occupational health and/or dilemmas in covering trauma. Then after the panel discussion at 3:15 p.m., Boettcher will interview Branson Potts and Porter. The interview will focus on the ethical and emotional challenges in covering disasters and terrorism.

The event will open with a special video tribute to the late Anthony Shadid, a native Oklahoman who was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. It is being produced by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Planning Committee members are Hight, Kelley and Newman; David Craig and Elanie Steyn, Gaylord College, University of Oklahoma; Mary Carver, University of Central Oklahoma Mass Communication; Lisa Sutliff, Oklahoma Press Association; and Mary Ann Eckstein, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

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