Focused on Successful Journalism Careers

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Judy Clabes

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Nancy Green

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2004) -- “Making Your Mark,” a symposium featuring successful journalism careers, is the subject for the Third Annual Richard G. Wilson Journalism Alumni Symposium set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the auditorium of the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library.

Judy Clabes, former publisher of The Kentucky Post who is president of the Scripps Howard Foundation, will moderate the programs . Clabes also is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame housed in the Enoch Grehan Journalism Building at UK.

“Making Your Mark” panelists will be Nancy Green, vice president of circulation for Lee Enterprises and publisher of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier; Julie Satterly, editor of the Oldham Era newspaper in LaGrange, Ky.; Valerie Wright, associate editor of Texas Monthly; and Virginia Edwards, president of the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), Inc. since 1997 and editor of Education Week since December 1995. Before joining EPE, Edwards worked for about two years for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, for nearly 10 years before that, was an editor and reporter for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.

“All these panelists truly exemplify the theme of successful journalism careers and are the kind of examples and mentors we want to present to our current journalism students,” said Beth Barnes, director of the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

This year’s program also will include a tribute to the late Maria Braden, a highly respected UK journalism professor who taught reporting, writing, journalism ethics, and diversity in the journalism school for 21 years, said Mike Farrell, UK journalism professor who is coordinating the symposium.

The tribute for Braden, who was also a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, will be delivered by Scoobie Ryan, coordinator of the journalism sequence in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

The symposium is named for former Louisville Courier-Journal higher education and state government reporter Richard G. Wilson. Wilson, also an inductee in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, served as interim director of the UK School of Journalism for one year. Wilson also is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.


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