Lecturer to address problems in American journalism

New York-based freelance writer Michael Massing will examine the challenges facing American journalism today when he speaks on campus Oct. 3.

As the 2006 Currier Visiting Lecturer, Massing will address “Why American Journalism Needs More Outcasts, Doubters, Non-Conformists and Midwesterners” at 7 p.m. in 202A Bowen- Thompson Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Massing is the author of Now They Tell Us (2004), a collection of articles published in The New York Review of Books about the press coverage of the war in Iraq. The articles received the 2005 Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on the News. He is also the author of The Fix (1998), a critical study of the U.S. war on drugs.

In addition, he has written for The Nation, the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, New Yorker and American Prospect.

A former executive editor and currently a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs.

Massing is co-founder of the Committee to Protect Journalists and sits on its board of directors. He is a member of PEN America and of the New York Institute for the Humanities. The holder of a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Massing received an Alicia Patterson journalism fellowship in 1989, and in 1992 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

He is currently at work on a book about the Protestant Reformation.

The Currier Visiting Lectures Series is made possible in part by an endowed gift from the estate of Florence and Jesse Currier, who came to the University in 1940. Jesse Currier established the University's modern journalism program, and Florence Currier served as dean of women from 1949 until her retirement in 1963.

The Florence and Jesse Currier Fund is used for journalism scholarships, faculty development, special projects and the annual lecture series that brings distinguished journalists and media professionals to campus to speak and meet with students and faculty.

September 25, 2006