The Tatarian Symposium
The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism has hosted 12 Roger Tatarian Symposiums since 2004. These events bring in top-notch national and international journalists to share with the campus and broader community about important media issues of the day.
The Power of Online Journalism
As the journalism world transitions to digital delivery of news, the challenges and opportunities for journalists have increased significantly. The 2020 Tatarian Symposium, held on Feb. 28, brought in four journalists whose careers are now solely in the digital world -- John Chase, the director of investigations for the Better Government Association; Devin Katayama, a KQED reporter and podcast host; Larry Phillips, the managing editor of the Richland (Ohio) Source; and Denise Zapata, the deputy editor of EdSource.org. All four said the internet was a gold mine of opportunity to interact with readers, get story ideas, better display stories visually and try alternative storytelling techniques.
Putting Fake News in the Rear View Mirror
The 2019 Tatarian Symposium was held on Feb. 29. It featured keynote speaker Stephen Engelberg, the editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning website. During his speech, Engelberg said that the term "fake news" should be retired from popular usage and that the term "viral deception" should be used instead. He argued that journalists should be as transparent as possible to better build trust. After the keynote speech, panelists Sewell Chan of the Los Angeles Times, Juliet Williams of the Associated Press and Scott Wilson of the Washington Post analyzed various ways that journalists could increase trust. Among the topics discussed were transparency, news vs. opinion and the divisive nature of politics in the early 21st Century.
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About Roger Tatarian
Roger Tatarian served as a reporter and editor for the United Press International (UPI) for 34 years. He covered many major stories around the globe, served as bureau chief in London and Rome, and was Washington, D.C, news editor. In 1967, he became UPI editor-in-chief. He retired from UPI in 1972 and joined the journalism faculty at Fresno State, where he taught for 15 years.