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Newport Daily News Executive Editor Sheila Mullowney presides over a panel discussion on the future of community journalism during the 2014 Journalism Day program at the University of Rhode Island.

Journalism Day at URI

     In 1985, the board of the Rhode Island Press Association entered into an agreement with the University of Rhode Island Department of Journalism to sponsor a day of seminars at the university. The programs would be topics of interest to students and to professional journalists.

     The board thought it would be a good idea to include on the panels some “big names that reporters would want to see.” October or February (to help alleviate cabin fever for a day) were mentioned and Thursday or Friday seemed to be the most convenient day for most members of the press association. In the end the board settled for the fall.

     All Journalism Days, except for one, have been held on Thursdays. Topics suggested for the programs included column writing, interview techniques, court reporting, layout design, generating story ideas, and stress management.

     Below are the dates of the seminars that began the following year and their topics. These topics are presented here for historical reference. Check back on this page in August for information about the 2015 Journalism Day Program, tentatively slated to take place at the University of Rhode Island in October. 

A historic look at Journalism Day Programs

2001-Present

2015

Date: 

Thursday, Nov. 5

Topic 1:

Social Media Responsibilities for Reporters 

Featuring workshops with: 

* Pam Cotter, Providence Journal;

* Dan McGowan, Channel 12.

Topic 2:

Breaking into the Magazine Business 

Featuring workshops with: 

* Julie Tremaine, Providence Monthly and So Rhode Island;

* Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly

Lunch Program:

Video Journalism: Best Practices for Print Reporters: 

Featuring:

* Erica Moura, Boston Herald;

* Peter Huoppi, New London Day;

* Susan Kimball, Portland Press Herald;

* Sue O'Connell, Bay Windows;

* John Freidah, formerly Providence Journal, now of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  

* Tim Egan, governor of the Boston Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

 

2014

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 13

Topic 1: 

Making ethical decisions in news reporting

Featuring workshops with: 

* Michael Delaney, the Providence Journal

* Marcia Green, the Valley Breeze

* Sue Areson, the Providence Journal

* Brenna McCabe, RI Legislative Press & Public Information Bureau

* Linda Levin, professor at the University of Rhode Island

Topic 2: 

Multi-media reporting online

Featuring workshops with: 

* Peter Phipps, manaing editor for new media, the Providence Journal

* Maria Caporizzo, assistant managing editor for multiplatform, 

the Providence Journal

* Jim Hummel, the Hummel Report.org

* Frank Carinia, Executive Director of ecoRI.org

* Josh Aromin, Rhode Island Monthly

* Kim Kalunian, WPRO 630 AM

Panel Discussion: 

How can Community Journalism survive in Rhode Island?

Featuring: 

* Scott Pickering, General Manager at East Bay Newspapers

* David Tranchida,Vice President and Editor, The Westerly Sun

* Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly

* Tim Cotter, Managing Editor of the Day Newspaper (Conn.)

* Brian Jones, Co-founder at Rhode Island Library Report

* Paul J. Spetrini, photographer/page designer at

Independent Newspapers

Moderator: 

Sheila Mullowney, executive editor, Newport Daily News

 

2013

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 14

Topic 1: 

Stealing the News? The Ethics of Aggregation

Featuring: 

* Dan McGowan, digital reporter, Channel 12, WPRI tv

* Sue Areson, deputy executive editor, Providence Journal

* Michelle Smith, reporter, Associated Press

Moderator:  

URI Journalism Professor Barbara Meagher Smith

Topic 2: 

Ooops: Why Online News Needs Editing

Featuring: 

* Sheila Mullowney, executive editor, Newport Daily News

* Maria Caporizzo, assistant managing editor for multiplatform, 

Providence Journal

* John Howell, publisher and editor, Warwick Beacon

* Galen Moore, web editor, Boston Business Journal

Moderator: 

URI Journalism Professor John Pantalone

Topic 3: 

Lunch Discussion: Can’t Find a Job? Create Your Own

Featuring: 

* Liz Boardman, managing editor, Independent Newspapers

* Jim Hummel, TheHummelReport.com

* Mark Murphy, editor, Providence Business News

 

2012

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 15

Topic 1: 

Is Investigative Journalism Dead?

Featuring: 

* Tom Farragher, investigative reporter, Boston Globe

* Mike Stanton, investigative reporter, Providence Journal

* Tim White, investigative reporter, Channel 12, WPRI

Topic 2: 

Online News Aggregators: Ethical or Unethical?

Featuring: 

* Peter Phipps, managing editor for new media, Providence Journal

* Mark Tetreault, intellectual property attorney, 

Barlow, Josephs and Holmes

* Linda Henderson, retired library director, Providence Journal

* Bob Plain, publisher and editor of RIFuture.org

 

2011

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 13

Topic 1: 

The Role of the Social Media in Journalism

Featuring: 

* Christopher Sheppard, URI journalism student

* Royce Brunson, business news editor of The Archway, 

Bryant University student newspaper

* Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington, associate regional editor for Patch.com

* Tim Britton, sports reporter, Providence Journal

Moderator:  

Sheila Mullowney, executive editor, Newport Daily News

Topic 2: 

When Is News Really News?

Featuring: 

* Ted Nesi, news blogger for Channel 12, WPRI tv

* Scott Pickering, an editor for Patch.com

* Karen Bordeleau, deputy executive editor, Providence Journal

* Hillary Brady, editor in chief, Good Five Cent Sigar, URI’s student daily

* Audrey Couto McClelland, co-owner of Moms Generation blog

Moderator: ​

URI Professor John Pantalone

 

2010

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 18

Topic 1: 

Journalism as Democracy’s Watchdogs

Featuring: 

* Kate Bramson, reporter, Providence Journal

* Jim Hummel, TheHummelReport.com

* Josh Bickford, editor of the Barrington Times

Moderator: 

Nancy Kirsch, editor, R.I. Jewish Voice and Herald

Topic 2: 

Finding Journalism Internships and Getting the First Job

Featuring: 

(All panelists were URI journalism alums)

* Brenna McCabe, reporter, Valley Breeze

* Chris Lanni, news director, Channel 10, WJAR tv

* Tim Martin, assignment editor, Channel 6, WLNE tv

* Steve Greenwell, editor, Patch.com

* Josh Aromin, editorial assistant, Rhode Island Monthly

* Samantha Turner, editor, Patch.com

* Erin Tierney, reporter, Northeast Independent

Moderator:  

URI Journalism Professor Barbara Meagher Smith

 

2009

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 5

Topic 1: 

Police Records: Privacy v. Right to Know

Featuring: 

* Tim White, investigative reporter, Channel 12, WPRI tv

* Michael Field, chief of Open Government Unit, 

R.I. attorney general’s office

* Capt. Jeffrey Allen, South Kingstown police department

* Howard Merton, attorney and partner, Partridge, Snow and Hahn

Moderator:

Scott Pickering, managing editor, East Bay Newspapers

Topic 2: 

Who Failed More? Banks or Journalists?

Featuring: 

* John Kostrzewa, assistant managing editor for commerce 

and consumer news, Providence Journal

* Dan McCrum, columnist for Financial Times

* Karl Kozak, president and ceo, Pawtucket Credit Union

Moderator: 

Mark Murphy, editor, Providence Business News

 

2008

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 13

Topic 1: 

Maintaining Journalistic Standards in a 24-Hour News Cycle

Featuring: 

* Joel “Ed” Medina, director of multimedia development, Boston Globe

* John Martin, editor, Governing.com

* Fred Harwood, managing editor, new media and online 

content, New Bedford Standard Times

* Sheila Mullowney, executive editor, Newport Daily News

Topic 2: 

Lipstick on a Pig: A Look Back at the Election

Featuring: 

Jill Lawrence, political writer, USA Today

Mark A. Genest, professor of strategy and policy, Naval War College

Ian Donnis, reporter and columnist, The Providence Phoenix

 

2007

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 18

Topic 1: 

Covering the Private Lives of Athletes

Featuring: 

* Andy Gresh, URI journalism alum, sports talk show host on The Score and ESPN

* URI Presidennt Robert L. Carothers

* Shalise Manza Young, Providence Journal sports reporter

* John Hawkins, reporter for Golf World Magazine

Moderator: 

URI Professor Barbara F. Luebke

Topic 2: 

Newspapers in the Age of Blogging

Featuring: 

* Tim Malcolm, custom publications editor for 

The Norwich Bulletin and blogger

* Mark Murphy, editor, Providence Business News

* Mike Cullen, Newport resident and blogger

Moderator:

URI Journalism Professor Barbara Meagher Smith

 

2006

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 30

Topic 1: 

Multi-Media Projects at New England Newspapers

Featuring: 

* Tim Cotter, online editor, New London Day

* Fred Harwood, online editor, New Bedford Standard-Times

* Mike Delaney, photo editor, Providence Journal

* A group of URI journalism student responders

Moderator:

Sheila Mullowney, Newport Daily News

Topic 2: 

Ethics and the Economics of Convergence

Featuring: 

* Joel Rawson, executive editor, Providence Journal

* Jim Campanini, editor, Lowell (Mass.) Sun

Moderator:

Mark Murphy, editor, Providence Business News

 

2005

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 17

Topic 1: 

The Dangers of Computer-Assisted Reporting

Featuring: 

* Ellyn Santiago, reporter, Westerly Sun

* Paul Parker, reporter, Providence Journal

* Frank Bass, computer-assisted editor, Associated Press

Topic 2: 

Plagiarism in the Media

Featuring: 

* Harry Whitin, editor of the Worcester Telegram

* Steve Greenlee, Living Arts editor, Boston Globe

* John Pantalone, lecturer, URI Department of Journalism

 

2004

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 18

Topic 1: 

Public Safety v. Right to Know

* Bob Cooper, Governor’s Commission on Disabilities

* Joel Rawson, executive editor, Providence Journal

* Scott Pickering, managing editor, East Bay Newspapers

* Capt. William Higgins, East Greenwich police

* Staci Kolb, attorney, Blish and Cavanagh

Moderator: 

Sheila Mullowney, editor, Newport Daily News

Topic 2: 

Sources and Credibility

Featuring: 

* Tony Marro, retired editor, Newsday, Long Island

* Tracy Breton, reporter, Providence Journal

* Tim Cotter, city editor, New London Day

* John Pantalone, lecturer, URI Department of Journalism

Moderator: 

Tom Heslin, managing editor, Providence Journal

 

2003

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 6

Topic: 

Is Ethics a Four-Letter Word in Journalism Today?

Featuring: 

* URI Philosophy Professor Lynn Pasquearella

* URI Journalism Professor Barbara Meagher Smith

* Jack White, reporter, Channel 12, WPRI

* Jim Gillis, reporter, Newport Daily News

* Carol Grant, attorney and director of operations for Providence mayor

* Jamie Turcotte, URI journalism student

* Jon Moss, URI psychology student

Moderator: 

Bob Steele, ethicist for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 

St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

2002

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 14

Topic 1: 

Covering the Sensitive Stories

Featuring:

* Jim Taricani, reporter, Channel 10, WJAR tv

* Jennifer Levitz, reporter, Providence Journal

* Ted Hayes, reporter, Barrington Times

* Jim Gillis, reporter, Newport Daily News

Moderator:

URI Journalism Professor Barbara F. Luebke

Topic 2: 

The Story Behind the Famous Flag Photo

Featuring:

* Thomas E. Franklin, staff photographer for The Record in Bergen, N.J., photographed three firemen hoisting an American flag above the rubble of the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, talked about how he got the picture.

 

2001

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 18

Topic: 

The New York Times on the Attack on New York

Featuring:

* Dan Barry, reporter for the Times, talked about how he reported the events of 9/11 and how they affected him.

1986-2000

2000

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 16

Topic 1: 

In the Trenches

A panel of former URI journalism students talking about their jobs in newspapers, photojournalism, television, internet and public relations.

Featuring:

* Kristen Cyr, editor of Northeast Independent;

* David Goldman, photojournalist, South County Independent;

* James Finlaw, reporter, Fall River Herald;

* Joshua Feinstein, writer, Sandbox.com;

* James Beardsworth, director of public relations, Cote and D’Ambrosio 

* Kristen Joyal, producer, Channel 12, WPRI tv.

Topic 2: 

An Election Postmortem

Featuring:

* Marc Genest, URI political science professor

* Tina Cassidy, political reporter, Boston Globe

* Scott MacKay, political reporter, Providence Journal

* Darrell West, Brown University political science professor

Moderator: 

URI Journalism Professor Linda Lotridge Levin

 

1999

Date:

Friday, Nov. 5

Topic 1: 

Police Records in Rhode Island

Featuring:

* Sheldon Whitehouse, attorney general of Rhode Island

* Jonathan Rockoff, reporter, the Providence Journal

* Joseph V. Cavanagh, attorney, Blish and Cavanagh.

* Capt. Steven B. Fage, North Kingstown police

* Chief Richard Tamburini, Johnston police

Moderator:

Barbara Meagher, reporter, WLNE, Channel 6

Topic 2: 

How Well Are the Media Covering Gay and Lesbian Issues?

Featuring:

* Jennifer Levitz, reporter, Providence Journal

* W. Fitzgerald Himmelsbach, liaison to gay and lesbian

community in the Providence mayor’s office

* Andrea Herrmann, graduate assistant in URI Office of

Housing and Residential Life

* Peter Cassels, editor , Bay Windows,

the gay-lesbian newspaper in Boston

Moderator:

URI journalism professor Dr. Barbara F. Luebke

 

1998

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 19

Featuring a series of concurrent workshops on 

the following topics:

Covering a Tragedy:  Gerald Goldstein, South County regional manager, the Providence Journal, and

Catherine Callahan, reporter, Newport Daily News

Opinion Writing:  Bob Kerr, columnist, the Providence Journal, and Betty Cotter, editor, South County Independent

Cultivating Sources:  Mike Pare, editor, Providence Business News

Sports Reporting:  Jim Donaldson, Providence Journal, and Steve Leone, Newport Daily News

Surfing the Net for Stories:  David Herzog, Providence Journal

Afternoon panel: 

Truth or Consequences: When Journalists Cross the Line

Featuring:

* Adam Wiener, producer, CBS news, New York

* The Rev. Janet Cooper, chaplain, Brown University

* Lawrence J. Sasso Jr., The (Smithfield) Observer

* Charles S. Pukanecz, vice president for news, 

Journal-Register Company

Moderator:

Dan Warner, executive editor, Lawrence Eagle Tribune

 

1997

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 30

Topic 1: 

Is the FOI DOA at the GA? (co-sponsored with ACCESS/RI)

Featuring:

* Jane Kirtley, executive director, Reporters Committee for 

Freedom of the Press

* State Rep. Mark Heffner

* H. Philip West, executive director, R.I. Common Cause

* Joe Baker, political columnist, Newport Daily News

* State Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed

* Staci Sawyer, attorney with Blish and Cavanagh, Providence

Moderator:

URI Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

Topic 2: 

Here’s Lookin’ at You Kid (Papparazzi)

Featuring:

* Bill Ostendorf, managing editor for visuals and new product development, Providence Journal, with a slide show on the

power of photos.

 

1996

Information currently unavailable. Check back soon. 

 

1995

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 26

Topic 1: 

Taking a Second Look at the Open Meetings and Access to Public Records Laws in R.I.

Featuring:

* Lisa Dinerman, R.I. attorney general’s staff

* Joseph V. Cavanagh, attorney with Blish and Cavanagh, Providence

* Jack White, investigative reporter, WPRI channel 12, Providence

* Tom Heslin, metro managing editor, Providence Journal

Moderator:

Ann Davidson, editor, East Greenwich Pendulum

Topic 2: 

URI Students Meet the Journalism Alumni Professionals

Featuring:

* Tara Granahan, reporter, WLNE, Channel 6

* James Beardsworth, reporter, Providence Journal

* Beth Bailey, director of public relations, R.I. Bar Association

* Gregg Perry, reporter, WHJJ radio

* David Lavallee, public relations for URI news Bureau

* Mike Pare, reporter, Providence Business News

Topic 3: 

Are the News Media Desensitizing Readers and Viewers with 

Too Much Coverage?

Featuring:

* John C. Quinn, deputy editor of Freedom Forum and retired 

founding editor of USA Today

* Ginger Casey, anchor/reporter for WJAR, Channel 10

* Dr. Joan Rollins, psychology professor at Rhode Island College

* Phil Kukielski, state editor, Providence Journal

Moderator:

John Pantalone, editor, Newport This Week

 

1994

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 10

Topic 1: 

Public Records vs. Individual Privacy

Featuring:

* Police Chief Vincent Vespia, South Kingstown, R.I.

* James V. Wyman, executive editor, Providence Journal

* R. B. Quinn, legal director, First Amendment Center for the Freedom Forum at Vanderbilt University

* Lorraine Geissler, South Kingstown resident

Moderator:

Meredith Fine, managing editor, East Bay Newspapers

Topic 2: 

The Media and the O.J. Simpson Case

Featuring:

* Andrea Cabral, chief of Domestic Violence Unit of Suffolk County district attorney’s office

* John Cicilline, Providence defense attorney

* Doug White, anchor WJAR, Channel 10

* Karen Bordeleau, managing editor, Woonsocket Call

Moderator:

Gordon McKibben, ombudsman, Boston Globe

 

1993

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 21

Topic 1: 

Does the Newspaper Have a Future?

Featuring:

* Mike Short, New England regional manager, Associated Press

* Joseph M. Ungaro, retired president, Detroit News and Free Press

* Tracy Greene, publisher, Pawtucket Times

* Joel Stark, vice president business development and marketing, Providence Journal

Topic 2: 

Where is Tabloid TV Headed?

Featuring:

* Robert Finke, general manager, WPRI, Channel 12.

* Chip Young, media critic, the Providence Phoenix

* John Martin, television critic, Providence Journal

* Cathy Ray, former news anchor, WJAR , Channel 10

 

1992

Information currently unavailable. Check back soon. 

 

1991

Date:

Friday, Nov. 22

Topic 1: 

Burnout on the Job, How Reporters Get It, How They Cope With It

Featuring:

* Katherine Gregg, State House reporter for the Providence Journal

* Jack White, investigative reporter, WPRI channel 12, Providence

* Joseph Nadeau, reporter, the Woonsocket Call

* Michael Brown, reporter, the North Kingstown Standard-Times

Moderator: 

David Offer, editor, the Newport Daily News

Topic 2: 

The Readers Respond

Featuring:

* A panel of local readers moderated by Gerald Goldstein, South County regional manager for the Providence Journal, and Rudolph Hempe, editor, North Kingstown Standard-Times

Topic 3: 

Talk Radio, Who’s Listening?

Featuring:

* Maryann Sorrentino, talk show host for WPRO radio, Providence

* M. Charles Bakst, political editor, Providence Journal

* Dyana Koelsch, reporter, WJAR channel 10, Providence

* Larry Berman, assistant managing editor, Woonsocket Call

Moderator: 

Sara Wye, former Rhode Island tv and radio reporter.

 

1990

Date:

Friday, Nov. 9

Topic 1: 

Public Records, How Public Are They?

Featuring:

* Joseph V. Cavanagh, attorney with Blish and Cavanagh, Providence

* Richard A. Skolnik, Providence labor attorney

* Rep. Jeffrey Teitz, attorney and chairman of R.I. House

Judiciary Committee

Moderator:

URI Journalism Professor Linda Lotridge Levin

Topic 2: 

Reporting on Business in a Hostile Business Climate

Featuring:

* Peter Phipps, business editor, Providence Journal

* Anthony Cronin, business editor, New London Day

* Linda Tissiere, assistant vice president and director of

public relations, Citizens Bank

* Neil Ruenzel, director of communications, Electric Boat

Moderator:

Larry Berman, assistant managing editor, Woonsocket Call

Topic 3: 

Lite News, Is This the Future?

Featuring:

* Alan Rosenberg, amusements and arts editor, Providence Journal

* John C. Quinn, retired founding editor of USA Today

* Daniel Warner, editor of the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune

* Bryn Hazel, news director, WLNE, channel 6, Providence

* Karen Sullivan, URI journalism student

 

1989

Date:

Thurs., Nov. 16

Topic 1:

Walking on Eggs, Covering the Bereaved

Featuring:

* David Offer, editor of the Newport Daily News

* Dr. Therese Rondo, psychotherapist, Warwick

* URI Professor Glenn Gray

* Chris Poon, reporter for the North Kingstown Standard-Times

Moderator:

Rudi Hempe, editor, North Kingstown Standard-Times

Topic 2:

Libel Update

Featuring:

* William P. Robinson, attorney with Edwards and Angell law firm

* S. J. Micciche, assistant editor, Boston Globe

* James V. Wyman, executive editor, Providence Journal

Moderator:

URI Journalism Professor Linda Lotridge Levin

Topic 3:

Sports Coverage in America, Too Far Afield?

Featuring:

* Bill Parrillo, sports columnist, Providence Journal and

URI journalism graduate

* Dick Martin, sports columnist, The (Smithfield) Observer

* Gregg Burke, assistant athletics director, Providence College

Moderator:

David Reid, associate managing editor, Providence Journal

 

1988

Date: 

Thurs., Nov. 10.

Topic:

Election Post Mortem

Featuring:

* John Howell, publisher, Warwick Beacon

* Charles M. Hauser,, executive editor, Providence Journal

* Paul LaBreche, publisher, Woonsocket Call

* Rudi Hempe, editor, North Kingstown Standard-Times

* URI Political Science Professor David Warren

* James O'Neil, Rhode Island attorney general

 

1987

Date: 

Thurs., Nov. 5.

Topic 1: 

Ethics in Journalism

Featuring:

* Katherine Gregg, reporter, Providence Journal

* David Offer, editor, Newport Daily News

* Christina Camara, reporter, Narragansett Times

* William Pugh, reporter, Warwick Beacon

* Frank Howe, Woonsocket Call

Topic 2: 

Open Meetings Law

Featuring:

* Terry Tierney, special assistant to Rhode Island’s attorney general

* Joyce Pitman, president of R.I. Association of School Committees

* Guy Dufault, executive director of R.I. League of Cities and Towns

* Joseph V. Cavanagh, attorney with Blish and Cavanagh, Providence

 

1986

Date:

Thurs., Oct. 23

Topic:

Interviewing Techniques

Featuring: 

* U.S. Sen. John Chafee, Rhode Island

* Brian Jones, reporter, Providence Journal

* Tracy Breton, reporter, Providence Journal

* Gordon Rowley, editor from New England Monthly

* Bethe Thomas, reporter, New London Day

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