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Ben Yagoda celebrates his retirement with colleagues and former students at the Deerfield. Photo by Eric Ruth.
The English Department and the Journalism Program celebrated Professor
Ben Yagoda's retirement after 25 years of teaching on Friday, May 5.
Dozens of colleagues, alumni and current students gathered at the
Deerfield Golf Club to express their gratitude and admiration for a
professor who developed and helped lead the university's vibrant
journalism minor for decades.Prominent journalists who
considered Professor Yagoda a mentor gave moving (and occasionally
hysterical) toasts in his honor. They included Mike Regan, a columnist
for Bloomberg News; Devin Harner, a journalism professor at John Jay
College; Lydia Woolever, an editor at Baltimore Magazine; and Ellen
Cannon, a longtime national magazine editor who also has been a
generous financial supporter of undergraduate journalism internships.
Joceyln Terranova, who works for the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton,
N.Y., gave a moving (and poetic) testimony to Professor Yagoda's
influence on her career, and Professor McKay Jenkins offered a few
examples of student writing that somehow escaped Professor Yagoda's
influence.In all, it was a festive and warm-spirited send-off to a beloved colleague, teacher and friend.
- The impact of the national showdown on the public's trust
and confidence in government, media and public relations professionals.
- Steps each profession can take to restore and maintain
trust in each other and the public.
- Ethical obligations of journalists and public relations
professionals, and how each profession can efficiently manage intentional or
unintentional breaches of trust.
panelists included Charles Lewis (AS '75), founding executive editor of
the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School
of Communication in Washington, D.C.; Nichole Dobo, staff writer and
social media editor at The Hechinger Report; Jason Levine, editorial
board editor and sports editor at The News Journal; and Leon Tucker,
director of communications at the Delaware Department of Labor.
The event was opened by Dr. Deborah Gump, director of The Journalism
Progam, and moderated by Nancy Karibjanian, director of the Center for
The event was sponsored by The Journalism Program,
the Center for Political Communication and the Delaware chapter of the
Public Relations Society of America. The evening's PowerPoint contains many links in addition to the ones mentioned during the event: Fake News Blues 4.3.17.ppt. You can also watch a video of the full event.Panelists bios
(AS '75) was a producer for ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes. The UD
alum is now a professor and founding executive editor of the
Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of
Communication in Washington, D.C. He founded the Center for Public
Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
His book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity, was published in 2014.
Nichole Dobo is a staff writer and social media editor at the Hechinger Report. With more than 10 years of experience writing about education, her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic's online edition, U.S. News and World Report, Mind/Shift, WHYY's NewsWorks, Slate, and in McClatchy newspapers. She has also covered government, courts, crime, business and religion and previously was a staff writer at the News Journal in Delaware.
Leon Tucker is a communications expert whose background
as a journalist has landed him in various roles over the course of his
20 years in the industry. He is director of communications at the
Delaware Department of Labor. The veteran journalist began his career as
a writer for newspapers in Miami, Boston, and Tennessee before coming
to Delaware to serve as assistant city editor of the News Journal. Leon is the past president of the Delaware Chapter of PRSA.
Jason Levine is the editorial board editor and sports editor for the News Journal,
where he has worked since 1998. He is a nationally honored writer and
editor with more than 20 years of experience. Levine has expertise in
digital and print media, social media, and branding. He specializes in
managing and growing audiences on multiple digital platforms and
analyzing online audience behavior.
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