All events in Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338, unless otherwise noted.
Roy Johnson from Birmingham Magazine and Alabama Media Group
Moderator: Lars Anderson
Roy Johnson is the Editor of Birmingham Magazine and the Director of Content Development at the Alabama Media Group. His team focuses on developing statewide, interactive, multi-platform journalism that showcases the best of Alabama and creates new revenue opportunities. He previously served as editor-in-chief at Men’s Fitness, History Channel and Savoy magazines. He also was editor at large at Fortune and assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated. He also co-executive produced a sports documentary for ESPN’s award-winning “30-for-30” series. Mr. Johnson will give tips on breaking into the print journalism field and discuss what it takes to succeed.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
David Mattingly, Retired CNN national correspondent
Moderator: George Daniels
David Mattingly, a UA graduate, is a retired CNN national correspondent. Mattingly worked at CNN for 23 years, covering some of the most influential stories of the past two decades. He also spent 10 years anchoring and reporting on local TV in Birmingham. Mr. Mattingly will discuss his experiences as a journalist and offer advice for current journalism students.
12:15-1:30 p.m. – Lunch
Jonathan Hardison, Fox 6
Moderator: Lars Anderson
Jonathan Hardison anchors WBRC FOX6 News at 5, 5:30 and 10 p.m. He’s worked at television stations in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana, before joining WBRC FOX6 in October 2007. Since he joined WBRC, Hardison has been nominated for an Emmy and won an Alabama Broadcasters Association Award for a 30-minute special on the Affordable Care Act and an Associated Press Award for his work on the coverage of former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford’s federal fraud trial and conviction. Mr. Hardison will give tips on breaking into the broadcast news business and discuss what it takes to succeed.
Keynote:Dr. Harvey Jackson III, 2016 Cason winner
Dr. Harvey Jackson III, a 1966 alumnus of UA, is the author, co-author or co-editor of 15 books on Southern history, including “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insiders History of the Florida-Alabama Coast” and “Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State.” He served on the editorial board of the Anniston Star, was the past president of the Alabama Association of Historians and the Alabama Historical Association, and retired from teaching at Jacksonville State University in 2013. The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences, along with the Journalism Department, has named Mr. Jackson the winner of the 2016 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. He will discuss his work as a journalist and non-fiction writer.