Award-winners give the ‘scoop’ on journalism

By Ana Brenda Ibarra

After weeks of preparation, the Communication Department’s Special Events Planning class hosted an event entitled “What’s the Scoop?” today at Ursa Major, where award-winning journalists took the stage to share their respective stories.

The symposium kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with Don Bartletti, a Los Angeles Times staff photographer. Bartletti shared “The Never Ending Story,” a collection of photographs that illustrates the journey of migrant workers and borderland issues.

The photojournalist also showed his 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection entitled “Enrique’s Journey,” in which he follows a man during his trip from Honduras to North Carolina.

Bartletti was followed by keynote speakers Ruben Vives and veteran reporter Jeff Gottlieb, two Los Angeles Times journalists best known for their ongoing, investigative reporting that shined light on the corruption in the city of Bell.

Their extensive work resulted in more than 200 published articles in the LA Times and the arrest of several city officials. The reporters were awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The writers shared anecdotes from their experience and answered questions from students and community members.

The day continued with free lunch provided by Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A. This time slot was also used to launch the student-ran online magazine ten57.

An open panel discussion moderated by Communication Professor Jane Ballinger followed. Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Julie Cart and KPCC Education reporter Tami Abdollah joined Bartletti, Vives and Gottlieb.

The panelists shared their thoughts on topics, such as the importance of social media and long-form journalism versus short-form.

Vives left the crowd with an underlying message that “hard work pays off.”

Communication Professor and Advisor for the Special Events Planning class, Vinita Dhingra was satisfied with the event’s outcome and her students’ hard work.

“I think we had a great turn out and I was very pleased,” said Dhingra. “I think I had a fantastic class to begin with and I was very impressed with the many talents they brought into the class.

I can’t speak highly enough of just about everybody in the class.” Look for full coverage on next week’s issue of The Poly Post.


Cecily Arambula / The Poly Post

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