News Reporting & Writing and the Uptown Exchange student newspaper at Truman College welcome you to join in the following talks with professional journalists on a variety of topics, including how to pursue stories for publication and broadcast.
Chicago Reader staff writer Tori Marlan (above) talks about alternative-weekly journalism on April 24. (Photo by Riva Lehrer)

All sessions take place at Truman College (1145 W. Wilson), at 11:30am in Room #2953, on the following dates:
Thurs., Feb. 1 — Former feature writer and editor of the Wilmington Morning Star in North Carolina, CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL directs Public Relations and writes web stories that represent Truman College to the world. Daniel will speak on his journalism experiences and the differences between news writing and PR. He will also talk about specific approaches to on-line reporting and writing.
Tues., Feb. 6 — Contributor at the North Lawndale Community News, TAMIKO BOWIE covers neighborhood news and public interest issues as a freelance writer and community journalist, in addition to her work as a writing tutor at Truman College.
Thurs., March 1 — Investigative reporter and Medill School of Journalism graduate JEFF KELLY LOWENSTEIN writes as a staffer for the Chicago Reporter and has freelanced for NPR, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Daily Southtown, and The Common Review. He’ll talk about how to collect data and work a story from an investigative focus.
Thurs., March 8, SPECIAL SESSION AT 12:30pm — Former Truman student and managing editor of the first Uptown Exchange, EZEKIEL “Zeek” GARNETT (first in the back row of the photo above) talks about transferring to Columbia College and writing for the student magazine, in which he published a piece on Chicago police surveillance cameras. Zeek will talk about his experiences post-Truman and what he’s been up to as an undergraduate journalist.
Thurs., March 15 — Truman student at large KARI McCLEAN represents The Night Ministry as Coordinator for Public & Media Relations. In Spring 2005, she completed the News Reporting & Writing class and contributed articles to the Uptown Exchange premiere issue. Students will learn answers to the question: What can you do with the journalism program at Truman?
Tues., March 27 — Staff writer at the Pioneer Press News-Star, PATRICK BUTLER covers neighborhood news and public interest issues for the community newspaper that carries stories about Uptown and other North Side neighborhoods. Butler will speak about covering a community beat.
Tues., April 24 — TORI MARLAN has been a feature writer for the Chicago Reader since 1995. She has won three Peter Lisagor Awards for exemplary journalism, an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for social reporting, and a Herman Kogan Award for writing about legal affairs. She has also contributed to The Christian Science Monitor, the Utne Reader, and the public-radio show This American Life.
Tues., May 1 — With expertise from the University of Chicago Latin American Studies program, AARON COHEN covers jazz and world music as Associate Editor of DownBeat Magazine.
Tues., May 8 — Award-winning journalist and Medill graduate ROXANE ASSAF works at Truman as Director of Teaching and Learning Programs, in addition to having been a television producer, disc jockey, documentary filmmaker, essayist, and performance artist. Her work in Bethlehem and Jerusalem won a 2002 National Arab Journalists Association’s Excellence in Journalism Award.

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