Bucks Gears Up For the 20th Annual Journalism Forums

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Jon Corley, Centurion Staff

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Bucks Journalism Program and the Centurion student-run newspaper present “Journalism Careers in the Digital Age,” otherwise known as the 20th annual Journalism Forums.
This event was created by Prof. Tony Rogers. It allows students to get an insight on what goes on in the world of journalism.
“We have some great speakers this year,” said Rogers.
He emphasized that these forums were “A really great way for our students to get a sense of what a career in journalism is really like, and how to break into the business.
During the forums, students will participate in a roundtable discussion with journalists in the Centurion newsroom, where classes are held and the newspaper is created. This event is free and open to the public.
Jared Roberts, 20, journalism major from Plumstead, had attended last year’s forum, and he said that “it’s a good insight into the journalism career.”
“Some of the people on the panel are Bucks students, and it really drives home the point knowing that they succeeded,” he said.
The forum will be held in three parts taking place April 17 and April 18, featuring many journalists, with some from Bucks’ own journalism program.
The forums will be held in Rollins 127 on the Newtown campus.
The first forum will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 9:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. It features Shane Fitzgerald, Dana O’Neil, and Mike Sielski.
The second forum on Thursday, April 18, will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. It features Charlotte Reese, Tom Sofield, and Marion Callahan.
The third forum starts after the second forum on April 18 and runs from 9:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. It features Sofield, Callahan, and Anthony DiMattia.
In each forum, journalists will talk about their experience on the field, and they will offer advice to students and aspiring news writers.
Fitzgerald is the regional-executive editor of GateHouse Media. He oversees four daily and six weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
O’Neil is a senior writer for The Atlantic and has worked for more than 25 years as a sports writer, covering the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and NHL Playoffs.
She also worked for ESPN and the Philadelphia Daily News.
Sielski is a sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. He is also an author of two books.
The Associated Press sports editors voted him as the top sports columnist in the country in 2015.
Reese is a news writer, and a podcast producer of KYW Newsradio. She is also a Bucks graduate.
Sofield is a former journalism student from Bucks and has covered Bucks County news for the past four years. He co-founded LevittownNow.com in 2013.
Callahan is an award-winning reporter who works with video at The Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, and the Intelligencer in Doylestown.
She has also taught journalism at Temple University.
DiMattia was a student at Bucks before becoming a reporter and editor for the Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, and the Burlington Times.
He was also an award-winning writer and editor for the Centurion before graduating from Bucks in 2012.
These forums will be a great opportunity to get an idea of what is expected in the world of journalism, reporting and editing. It will also be a chance to hear about the topic from those who have firsthand experience with the field.
Everyone is welcome to attend this event and to have fun while learning about the subject of journalism.
For any questions regarding these forums, you can contact Rogers through his email [email protected]

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