Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Investigative journalist to visit UNH
Investigative journalist John Christie, UNH ’70, will give a talk entitled “Leaving journalism’s false god behind” on Tuesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. in MUB Theater I. The talk is free and open to the public.
Christie, editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, is the 2014 Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist. He will visit journalism classes and meet with the staff of The New Hampshire while on campus.

For more information on Christie's visit, go to http://cola.unh.edu/english/program/englishjournalism-ba/visiting-journalist-program.

He founded the non-profit investigative news service based in the state’s capitol, Augusta, in 2009 with his wife, Naomi Schalit, and has served as its publisher and senior reporter.

The Center has published more than 150 investigative stories about Maine state government that have distributed as a public service to more than 30 Maine daily and weekly newspapers.

Christie is a media veteran whose 40-year career includes work in Massachusetts, Maine and Florida as a writer, editor, general manager and publisher for newspapers owned by Tribune Co., Dow Jones and Co. and the Seattle Times Co.

He has won numerous awards as a reporter and editor, including twice for best public service reporting in New England from the AP, and he was the primary editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of two Pulitzer Prize finalists.

Christie was one of the first journalists to serve as a full-time training editor for a newspaper, a position that included coaching writers and editors on their craft and creating a news writing program for high school and college minority students.

Christie, a native of Dover, N.H., learned the craft of writing and coaching writers as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire (class of 1970), where he was a student of Professor Donald M. Murray and managing editor of The New Hampshire.

He is the editor of four books, including a bestselling book on Hurricane Andrew. His freelance work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston magazine, Yankee magazine and elsewhere. He has spoken on newspaper management and writing in the United States, Europe and South America.

In 2009, he retired after nine years as the president and publisher of Central Maine Newspapers, which publishes two daily papers, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel. The retirement lasted only a few months when he founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

His industry service includes: visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; past president of the Massachusetts State House Correspondents Association; past president of Maine Newspaper Publishers Association; and the journalism advisory board at Florida International University.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A group of UNH journalism students attended a lunch recently that was part of the New England Newspaper and Press Association's annual convention. Check out this Storify:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Copy editor job open

The Recorder of Greenfield, MA., a 13,000-circulation daily newspaper in the Five-College region of beautiful western Massachusetts, is seeking a full-time copy desk editor, with primary responsibility for wire news and associated Web publishing duties. The Recorder is an independent newspaper that believes in quality community journalism. Contact Editor Tim Blagg at 413 772-0261 ext. 250 or tblagg@recorder.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Join the Inquiry journal Student Editorial Board for 2013-14

Get hands-on experience doing developmental editing with an author, interviewing, and writing for Inquiry, UNH’s online undergraduate research journal www.unh.edu/inquiryjournal .

The volunteer Student Editorial Board is made up of students (sophomores and up) from all disciplines, who begin work in the fall for the 2014 issue, which goes online next April. To see the  student editors of the current 2013 issue, go to http://www.unh.edu/inquiryjournal/editorial-staff
To apply, go to the website and click on Join the Staff. For more information, email editor.inquiry@unh.edu

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Journalist to give talk at UNH

Writer Chris Outcalt, ’06, will give a talk, “Great stories have a soul, and other things I’ve learned as a journalist” on Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. in MUB Theater I. The event is free and open to the public.

Outcalt, an assistant editor at 5280 Magazine in Denver, Colorado, is the Donald Murray Visiting Journalist for 2013. He writes and edits a variety of pieces for the magazine and for 5280.com on topics including business, real estate, travel and the environment. His Nov. 2010 narrative feature investigated the first murder in three decades in Vail, a posh ski resort town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This past year, Outcalt co-wrote a feature-length piece that examined the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.

A native of upstate New York, Outcalt started his career at the York Weekly and went on the work for the Portsmouth Herald. He has also reported for weekly and daily newspapers in Colorado. Outcalt has received multiple awards for his work, including being named “Rookie of the Year” by the New Hampshire Press Association in 2007.

The Donald Murray Visiting Journalist Program is named in honor of the late Donald Murray, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who started the UNH journalism program in 1963. Terry Williams ’80, publisher of the Telegraph of Nashua, led the fundraising drive for the program, with primary support coming from The McLean Contributionship and from UNH journalism alumni. The Donald Murray Visiting Journalist Program brings accomplished alumni journalists to campus each year for week-long residencies during which they conduct classes, work with students and student media, and give a public lecture. Recent visiting alums include Pulitzer Prize-winning Kevin Sullivan '81, Dana Jennings, ’80, of The New York Times and Chelsea Conaboy,’04, of Boston.com and the Boston Globe.

The program is sponsored by the UNH Journalism Program, the UNH English Department, the Telegraph of Nashua, and the McLean Contributionship.