Date: Tuesday, April 4thTime: 5:00 - 6:45 p.m.Location: College of Media and Communications - Basement, Room 67The promising young journalist who made some really bad decisions thereby inciting
the worst plagiarism scandal ever seen at the world's most important newspaper – The
New York Times. Blair's exclusive interview for A FRAGILE TRUST represents the first
time he has spoken out about his actions at the Times since the weeks immediately
following the scandal in 2003. A Fragile Trust tells the dramatic story of Jayson
Blair and Macarena Hernandez, two reporters who became entangled in a scandal that
brought the New York Times to what publisher Arthur Sulzberger called "the low-point
in the 152 year history of the paper." From the buzz of New York City to the solitude
of the Texas desert, this cinematically evocative film addresses questions of ambition,
race, and hierarchy in journalism, while bringing focus back to the heart of the matter,
the sacred and fragile trust upon which all American journalism is built.Registration is required and seating is limited.
Date: Wednesday, April 5thTime: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Location: College of Education - Basement, Room 001As a third generation journalist, I care deeply about the future of the profession.
Getting people thinking and talking about the challenges facing journalism, while
reinforcing the notion that reliable and accurate journalism is essential to a functioning
democracy, is why I'm doing this work. My hope is to draw people in with a gripping
and entertaining account of this fascinating story, and then keep them engaged long
enough to explore these issues in a deeper way. As more and more people consume their
news online, news publications seem to be shifting en masse to an online only format.
With this shift, plagiarizing has become as simple as a quick cut and paste, making
the ethical boundary seem easier to cross. With a new plagiarism scandal breaking
nearly every week, the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Blair Affair are more
relevant than ever. A FRAGILE TRUST takes a deeper look into the mind of Jayson Blair,
the serial plagiarist, and explores what caused this promising young man to make so
many bad decisions, while also examining the institutional dynamics inside the Times
that may have contributed to Blair's downfall.
Registration is required and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited.