Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Maureen Dowd to speak at UT

Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd will discuss the role of journalism in a democratic society and her perspective on recent events that have shaken the journalism industry on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the LBJ Auditorium.

Dowd is a winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New York Times op-ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent.

Some fellow SPJ members and I are attending the event, and if I'm lucky I'll be able to check out a laptop and blog the event.

The Austin Chronicle had a really good Q&A with her. She talked about blogging, "the incestuous nature of insider reporting, Judy "Miss Run Amok" Miller, and the nanny presidency."

John Kelso at the Austin American-Statesman also had some commentary on her book "Are Men Necessary?"

It sounds like the event will be entertaining! Despite the fact that she's talking about a crisis issue in journalism that could affect all of our careers forever.

I'm glad you're thinking about blogging her speech! I can't go, but I'd like to read your rendition of what she says.
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