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Veteran Journalist David Offer to Speak About the Future of Newspapers


SUBJECT     Snedden Chair to speak on future of newspapers
LOCATION     Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center auditorium
DATE & TIME     Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, 7 p.m.

Veteran journalist David Offer will speak about the future of newspapers in
a free public lecture, "Reinvention: Don't Write the Obit on Newspapers Just
Yet," Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Thompson Cultural and
Visitors Center auditorium.

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.

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