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UAF Free Lecture 'Hold the Obit: Newspapers Aren't Dead'


Veteran journalist David Offer will speak about the future of
newspapers in a free public lecture, "Hold the Obit: Newspapers Aren't
Dead," Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Thompson Cultural and
Visitors Center auditorium in Fairbanks.

Offer is serving as the 2009-2010 Charles W. Snedden Chair in
Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism
department. Offer comes to UAF after spending more than 40 years
working as a newspaper reporter and editor throughout the U.S. He has
been active in journalism professional organizations throughout his
career. He was a founding member of the Investigative Reporters and
Editors and a speaker at its first national convention. As a young
reporter, he joined the Society of Professional Journalists' ethics
committee and was one of the authors of the society's 1972 revision of
its code of ethics. He has planned and led professional workshops on
ethics, investigative reporting, editorial writing, newsroom
management and military reporting. Through his work with SPJ, he has
served as adviser to several campus newspaper editors. Since his
retirement in 2006, Offer has continued to write a column for two
newspapers in Maine.

Helen Snedden established the Snedden Chair in 2003 in memory of her
late husband, the former publisher and owner of the Fairbanks Daily
News-Miner. Since its establishment, the chair has allowed the UAF
journalism department to bring a series of nationally known
journalists to Fairbanks to speak to students, local journalists and
the public.

For more information, contact Charles Fedullo at 474-7995 or ffcbf@uaf.edu.
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