The Anatomy of an Ethics Code Revision is one of dozens of Breakout Sessions on offer at Excellence in Journalism 2014, which takes place Sept. 4-6 in Nashville. See the complete list and register today to get the early bird rate.

Society of Professional Journalists
Improving and protecting journalism since 1909

Advertisement
— ADVERTISEMENT —
Advertise with SPJ
2

News and More
Click to Expand Instantly

SPJ News
Events and Deadlines
SPJ Blogs
Quill Online
SPJ on Tumblr
Journalist's Toolbox

Stay in Touch
Twitter Tumblr Facebook Google Plus
RSS Pinterest Pinterest Storify


More SPJ News
Press Notes
Publications
SPJ Blogs
Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
SPJ News
Open Doors
Geneva Conventions
Annual FOI Reports

Home > SPJ News > SPJ names University of Mississippi 2010 National Historic Site in Journalism

SPJ News
Latest SPJ News | RSS


SPJ names University of Mississippi 2010 National Historic Site in Journalism


4/7/2010


For immediate release

Contacts:
Kathleen Wickham, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, University of Mississippi School of Journalism & New Media,
662-915-5501, kwickham@olemiss.edu
Karen Grabowski, SPJ Communications Coordinator,
317-927-8000 ext. 215, kgrabowski@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is proud to announce the naming of the University of Mississippi as the 2010 National Historic Site in Journalism. The university will celebrate the honor on April 14 with two guest speakers, former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather and investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

SPJ’s Historic Sites in Journalism program honors the people and places that have played important roles in U.S. journalism history. The University of Mississippi was chosen by the SPJ board of directors to honor the reporters who covered the civil rights integration riots sparked by James Meredith’s enrollment. The riots resulted in two deaths, including that of French journalist Paul Guihard, the only known reporter killed while covering protests during the civil rights era.

The actual site of Guihard’s murder is currently beneath a campus building, but the university’s SPJ student chapter installed a memorial bench outside Farley Hall, which houses the university’s School of Journalism. The bench was dedicated April 17, 2009, in conjunction with the chapter’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of SPJ. Now, one year later, the campus celebrates being named a National Historic Site and its rich history in journalism with a ceremony at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. Rather and Mitchell, two journalists who have acted as significant voices in civil rights journalism over the last 40 years, will speak at the ceremony at 11 a.m.

Learn more about the SPJ Historic Sites in Journalism and view a list of previous sites online.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

-END-

Copyright © 1996-2014 Society of Professional Journalists. All Rights Reserved. Legal

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317/927-8000 | Fax: 317/920-4789

Contact SPJ Headquarters
Employment Opportunities
Advertise with SPJ