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Reporters, editors to discuss journalistic courage

Bill Adair

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will hold its McGill Symposium and McGill Lecture on Oct. 24.

Three Pulitzer Prize winners will join four other journalists for the sixth annual symposium, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the college’s Drewry Room. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 150 of the Miller Learning Center. Both events are open free to the public.

For the symposium, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Eli -Sanders, Bill Adair and Clay Bennett will be joined by Selena Roberts, Bob Davis, Andy Miller and Jim Tharpe—as well as Grady students and faculty—to discuss what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified. 

Sanders and Miller will open the symposium with the discussion “The Courage of Storytelling.” Roberts will then lead the discussion “The Sports Writer’s Challenge: Taking on the Beloved Institution.” 

Bennett and Davis then will discuss “Editorial Cartoons: The Impact of an Evolving Craft.” Adair and Tharpe will end the symposium with the discussion “The Truth-O-Meter, False Balance and the Promise of Fact-checking.” Adair then will deliver the 34th McGill Lecture on the same topic.

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