Join Us Oct. 3 for Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism Amanda Sperber Q&A

Please join us on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Honors Center in College Hall for the introduction of this year’s James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, Amanda Sperber.

SUNY New Paltz President Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler will host a Q&A with Sperber about her life and career and take questions from the audience.

Sperber is an independent journalist and foreign correspondent whose work has appeared in Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Economist, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Intercept, the Nation, NBC, Marie Claire, Reuters, VICE World News, and Vogue, among other publications.

She is a former Logan nonfiction fellow, a fellow with Type Investigations, and an investigative fellow with Code for Africa, the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism initiative. Sperber won the Thomson-Reuters Kurt Schork Memorial Award in the Freelancer Category for her reportage in Somalia. She has received grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting, and the United Nations Foundation, among others.

At New Paltz this semester, she is teaching a class in international reporting. The event is free and all are welcome!

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact the event organizer Rachel Somerstein, Director, James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship in Journalism at Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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Journalism Majors: Consider Taking the Ottaway Seminar, Taught by Pulitzer Prize Winner Bart Gellman

Attention Journalism majors: Ask your advisor about The Ottaway Seminar, a course offered each spring that features a nationally known visiting journalist who shares their expertise and experience and teaches students about the problems and issues that face reporters and the press. Former professors have included foreign correspondents, literary journalists, photo journalists and high-ranking editors.

Bart GellmanIn Spring 2022, the James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship will be taught by Bart Gellman, Staff Writer for The Atlantic. He will be teaching a seminar titled the Literature of Fact. In order to take this course, students must be a junior or senior journalism major.  Continue reading