In the midst of a major shift in the landscape of U.S. news media, Ursinus College is hosting a panel discussion on innovative forms of journalism and emerging career paths in the field. The panelists are journalists working for non-traditional news outlets, and they will share the perspectives their positions give them on the changing world of news and ideas about what it means to be a journalist today.
- Eugene Kiely, deputy director of FactCheck.org: FactCheck acts as a news consumer advocate, investigating and correcting claims made by politicians, business leaders and others. Kiely has covered government and politics for more than 20 years for newspapers including USA TODAY and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Nasim Fekrat, a well-known Afghan blogger, journalist, and photographer now living in Philadelphia. Fekrat runs the blog Through My Eyes, serves as editor of the Afghan Lord blog, and serves as director of the Association of Afghan Blog Writers. He has taught online journalism and digital media skills throughout Afghanistan, and he won a “Freedom of Expression” award from Reporters Without Borders. He continues to contribute to worldwide news organizations such as CNN and BBC, as well as speaking about Afghan issues through BCC, North Carolina Public Radio, and news organizations in Afghanistan.
- Julianna Reyes,the lead reporter for Technical.ly Philly, where she covers the local tech scene, and a former columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News. She has won the Pen and Pencil Club’s Philadelphia News Award for Community Reporting of the Year for two years in a row.
The panel is co-sponsored by the Media and Communication Studies department at Ursinus College, and by the U-Imagine Center, a center for integrative and entrepreneurial studies.