Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Journalism greats the drawcard at Pulitzer workshops

Posted by Kimberly on September 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 28, 2007, page 3 (498 words)

The annual Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop at Hong Kong Baptist University will take place between October 15 and 25, in an effort to broaden the vision of journalists in Greater China and to enhance journalism education.
The workshops will be open to the public and will be free for those attending although some lectures and forums may need to be booked in advance.
Each year the workshop invites four to six Pulitzer Prize winners or a two-weeks series of intellectual activities, including seminars and lectures, and meetings with students, faculty members, media professionals and the public.
This year’s prize-winning speakers include 1966 winner for international reporting, Peter Arnett, 1992 winner for feature photography, Professor John Kaplan, 1997 winner for explanatory reporting, Michael Vitez and Mei Fong, among the 2007 winning team for international reporting.
International advisors have also been invited to speak including the President of the US-China Education Trust, Ms Julia Chang Bloch, former Managing Editor of The Philadelphia Enquirer, Professor Gene Foreman, Swanlund Chair Professor, Leon Dash and Managing Editor of the Washington Week, Ms Gwen Ifill.
A series of exhibitions titled ‘Excellence in Journalism: an Integration of Art and Culture’ will take place in Hong Kong between October 1-14 at TaiKoo Place, between October 6-10 at Fringe Club and between October 15-21 at Cityplaza.
Several lectures will also take place at the University, covering a variety of media-related topics such as ‘How to Make Contest Winning Pictures’, by Professor Kaplan who will share his experiences of how he developed master pieces.
Another lecture on ‘Covering the 2008 Olympics: A View of China’ will take place on October 16 and 17, that will cover issues ranging from the workings of the International Olympic Committee to Games financing and the logistics of Games coverage.
Lectures for media professionals will include ‘the essentials of journalism’, and ‘remembering Danny Pearl’.
Finally, for the media professionals attending on October 17, Steve Stecklow will discuss how to make use of search engines such as Google, online phone directories and other tools to prepare stories, with a focus on tracking people down.
Several forums will also take place including a discussion on social changes and journalism challenges in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the US as well as global reporting and financial journalism.
Other lectures of note include Amy Goldstein’s recollections of changes in the newsroom of the Washington Post and Peter Arnett”s account of his life as a war reporter over 45 years.
Further information on all lectures, forums and speakers can be found at the University’s website under Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop.
The Pulitzer Prizes are regarded as the highest accolade that can be bestowed on an American journalist. They are the most respected annual awards in the United States with worldwide recognition. First awarded in 1917, the prizes, named after a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, cover major fields of journalism practice including public service, investigative reporting, national reporting, international reporting, feature writing, editorial writing and photojournalism.


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