PULLMAN, Wash. — Students of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University will meet face-to-face next week with professionals who can tell them how to get a job and what it is like to have a career in the field of communication. Career Day is just one part of the newly expanded, annual Murrow Symposium.
Career Day workshops on April 16 will take place in the morning and afternoon in journalism, broadcasting and broadcast sales and public relations. In addition to WSU students, many high school and community college students plan to attend. The Murrow School also is planning a Tech Fair and Job Fair with companies such as Sony demonstrating the latest communication gear and many northwest communication companies doing on site informational interviews.
During an evening banquet on Wednesday, students will be awarded communication scholarships. Slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will be honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement at 7:30 p.m. in the Beasley Coliseum Theater. Bryan Gruley, Pearl’s friend and WSJ coworker will accept the award on behalf of the Pearl family.
A symposium discussion entitled, “War and Words: The Challenge for Today’s Journalist,” will follow the Murrow award presentation. The discussion, moderated by Peter Bhatia, executive editor of The Oregonian and incoming president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, will cover war and terrorism. Panel topics, too, are expected to include access to information, national security versus “public’s right to know,” balanced and objective reporting, physical and psychological dangers as well as quality of news coverage, and embedded journalists.
Panel discussion members include Gruley; Danny Schechter, co-founder of Globalvision, award winning author and former network news producer; WSU faculty member Susan Ross, associate professor in the Murrow School; Thomas Kent, deputy managing editor, The Associated Press, New York City; and Peter J. Kovach, director of the Office of Public Diplomacy/Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
For more information on Murrow Symposium events, go to the following Web site: www.wsu.edu/.