The 2006 Harry M. and Edel Y. Ayers Lecture, co-sponsored
by Jacksonville State University and The Anniston Star, will
feature Alberto IbargŁen, chief executive officer of the Knight
Foundation, as speaker.
IbargŁen, former publisher of the Miami Herald
and El Nuevo Herald, will speak at 2 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8 on
the 11th floor of Houston Cole Library. The public is invited
at no charge.
IbargŁen will speak on the future of community
The lecture is part of an observation of Community
Journalism Week in Calhoun County and will include other events.
IbargŁen started his career in 1984 at the Hartford
Courant in Connecticut and then moved to Newsday in New York.
Under IbargŁen's leadership, the Miami Herald won three Pulitzer
Prices. El Nuevo Herald won the 2002 Ortega y Gasset Prize for
In 2005, he assumed leadership of the Knight Foundation,
which is dedicated to furthering the ideals of service to community,
and promotes the highest standards of journalistic excellence
and the defense of a free press.
This year's lecture will be followed by a two-day
conference sponsored by The Star, the University of Alabama
and The Knight Foundation. The conference, called "A National
Conversation on the Emerging Mind of Community Journalism,"
will take place at Zannie Theatre at Buckner Circle at McClellan.
The Ayers Lecture at JSU is open to the public.
JSU faculty and students can register for the National Conference on Community Journalism at no
cost through Kingsley Harbor, chairman of the JSU Department of Communication at (256) 782-5300.
Other journalism professionals, academics and students can register for the conference at a fee online
at www.comj.ua.edu or by calling Administrative Secretary Amelia Rowe at (256) 235-3580.
Thursday's conference will include speeches by
Richard C. Harwood, founder and president of The Harwood Institute
for Public Innovation and author of Hope Unraveled: The People's
Retreat and Our Way Back; William Evans, director of the Institute
for Communication and Information Research at the University
of Alabama; Peggy Kuhr, Knight Chair on the Press, Leadership
and Community at the University of Kansas; Wilson Lowrey, assistant
professor of journalism at the University of Alabama College
of Communication and Information Sciences; Harvey Jackson, head
of JSU's Department of History; and Michael Bugeja, director
and professor of Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
at Iowa State University and author of "The Interpersonal
Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age."
Other notables in the field of communication will
take part in panel discussions throughout the day. For information
about the conference, including how to register, visit www.comj.ua.edu
and click on The Emerging Mind of Community Journalism, or call
Amelia Rowe at 256-235-3580, or Kingsley Harbor, the head of
JSU's Department of Communication at (256) 782-5300.
The annual Letter Writer's Banquet sponsored by
The Star will be Tuesday, February 7, and is by invitation only.