Journalism

Ferris, McGraw, and Robbins seminars in journalism, taught by distinguished writers and journalists, examine a wide spectrum of topics related to writing and the media, from creative nonfiction to relations among different media and society.

Princeton's journalism courses (subject area JRN) were inaugurated in 1957 by the bequest of former New York Herald journalist Edwin F. Ferris of the Class of 1899. In 1984 publisher Harold W. McGraw Jr. '40 created the McGraw Professorship in Writing and Publishing in recognition of the importance of writing in all disciplines. Other seminars have been sponsored by a gift from the E. Franklin Robbins Trust in honor of the late William G. Michaelson '59 and his daughter Robin L. Michaelson '89. The program committee consists of the chairs of the English and politics departments, the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the director of the creative writing program, and the chair of the Council of the Humanities.

Journalism Reunions Events

The Council of the Humanities is pleased to announce two journalism-related events for Reunions.


Presidential Politics: The Road to 2016

Co-sponsored by The Princeton Alumni Weekly and the Ferris Seminars in Journalism in the Council of the Humanities
Friday, May 29, 10:30 a.m.
McCosh Hall, Room 28

Moderator: Joel Achenbach '82, reporter, The Washington Post; Ferris professor 2002-03

Panelists:
Nancy Cordes *99, Congressional correspondent, CBS News
Marc Fisher '80, reporter, The Washington Post; Ferris professor, 2003-04
Richard Just '01, editor, National Journal; Ferris professor 2014-15
Kathy Kiely '78, Washington news director, Bloomberg Politics; Ferris professor, 2008-09
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall '89, Washington bureau chief; People magazine
Marilyn Thompson, deputy editor, Politico; Ferris professor 2003-04
Joe Stephens, investigative reporter, Washington Post, Ferris Professor in Residence


Scandals in Politics, Sports, and Big Business-Do They Matter Anymore?

Friday, May 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
McDonnell Hall, Room A02

Moderated by Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence, Joe Stephens of The Washington Post, this panel is sponsored by the Alumni-Faculty Forums, which are among the most popular of the events taking place during Reunions weekend. Each year, the AFFs draw an audience of 2,000-3,000 people to hear panelists from the major reunion classes discuss a variety of timely or timeless issues under the guidance of a faculty moderator.

Moderator: Joe Stephens, investigative projects reporter, The Washington Post; Ferris Professor in Residence

Panelists:
Charlie Gibson ’65, Former United States Broadcast Journalist and Anchor
Stuart Taylor ’70, Freelance Journalist, Author and Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings
Peter Elkind, ’80, Editor at Large, Fortune magazine
Camille Hackney ’90, Senior Vice President, Branch Partnerships and Commercial Licensing, Atlantic Records Inc
Danielle Ivory ’05, Reporter, The New York Times
 

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