Journalist, Hurst Scholar to Discuss Mass Media IssuesOGDEN, Utah – Noted journalist and expert on China and Tibet, Orville Schell will be the Hurst Scholar in Residence at Weber State University for the 2002-03 academic year.
During his time on campus, February 26-28, he will work with communication students and hold three public appearances to discuss television journalism, the changing nature of mass media and ethics in journalism.
Schell will present a lecture focusing on ethics in TV journalism and how broadcast journalism has evolved to its current state on February 26, at 3 p.m. in the Lindquist Hall of the Kimball Visual Arts Center.
On February 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater, Schell will take part in an Honors Issues Forum addressing the changing media landscape over the last 20 years.
Schell will host a panel of local members of the press discussing ethics in journalism on February 28 at 10 a.m. in the Lindquist Hall of the Kimball Visual Arts Center. The panel discussion is the kick off event for an essay contest on that subject for area high schools.
All three events are free to the public.
Schell is currently dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley where he is also a research associate at the Center for Chinese Studies. Born in New York City in 1940, Schell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University, and did his post graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, in Chinese History. He has worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and traveled widely in China.
The author of 14 books -- including "Virtual Tibet," “Mandate of Heaven,” and “Discos and Democracy” -- Schell has also written widely about Asia for Wired, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Newsweek and other national magazines.
Schell is the recipient of Guggenheim and Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowships and numerous writing prizes. He has also served as correspondent and consultant for several PBS “Frontline” documentaries as well as an Emmy award-winning program on China for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
The Hurst Residency program, designed and supported by Dean and Carol Hurst, has benefited Weber State’s College of Arts and Humanities for the past four years. The program allows students to work with professionals in the field in an intimate setting. It also provides public lectures to the community and often includes work with area public schools.