The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication will host the fifth annual O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism Conference Thursday, Nov. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lubar Center located on the first floor of Eckstein Hall.
The conference will discuss the “Outbreak” stories by 2016-17 O’Brien Fellow and Journal Sentinel health and sciences reporter, Mark Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize winner. “Outbreak” covers the threat of pandemics from diseases that are driven by human decisions. Nobel Peace Prize winner Jonathan Patz, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute, will discuss climate change and the ethics of various responses to the threat of zoonotic diseases. Johnson and student journalists will talk about their roles in reporting the series.
The conference is free and open to the public. A full schedule of events and more information can be found online.
For questions, contact Dave Umhoefer, interim director of the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, at (414) 288-5956.