Journalism at Denison presents The New Storytellers: three innovative storytellers and journalists discuss craft, vision, and their use of social media and multimedia. Join us for this series about critical issues in journalism today.
“Why Does Journalism Matter Today?” with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, novelist Connie Schultz
Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Schultz is a columnist for USA Today, a position she formerly held for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Her commentary is unique and powerful because she uses narrative to give her ideas context. Her work is further distinguished by her dedication to working class issues, and the relationship she creates with her readers via social media. Schultz is the inaugural Dr. Nan Nowik Writer-in-Residence for the 2021-2022 school year, as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Storyteller-in-Residence.
“What is Movement Journalism, and Why Do We Need It?” with Lewis Raven Wallace, co-founder, co-director, Press On
Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
It’s natural to look at the subject matter of stories; Wallace wants us to also look at who is telling the story. Do they speak from a position of power and privilege, or are they actually stakeholders in the story, with authentic access to characters, facts, place, and an understanding of social dynamics? His approach has profound implications for the Black Lives Matter movement, sexual identity issues, and reproductive rights politics. His podcast, The View from Somewhere, is essential listening to understand how we can move beyond “objective” journalism.
“Where is the Story?” with Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Bing Liu
Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m
Liu’s breakthrough film, “Minding the Gap,” seems to be about some kids and their skateboarding obsession. That’s in the opening scenes. Then the film, which is created over a number of years, slowly turns into something much more complex, much darker, and more beautiful. Liu, like all storytellers working in nonfiction, learns what his work is about as he creates it—a process that can be a challenge and a joy. This is an essential conversation to understand The New Storytellers. [NOTE: watch “Minding the Gap,” followed by director Q&A, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Slayter Auditorium.]
Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a gift by Sue Douthit O’Donnell (‘67)