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Journalism lessons from a civil rights reporter on Update-1

September 27, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Anne Farris Rosen

Anne Farris Rosen

New York Times correspondent John Herbers was born to a white family in the segregated South, but he went on to earn praise for his pivotal coverage of the civil rights movement.

In the latest Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Viola Gienger speaks with his daughter, journalist Anne Farris Rosen, about the personal and professional journey Herbers chronicled – and the lessons for journalists today -- in the memoir he wrote with her help before he died in 2017.

Published this year, the book traces landmark events that Herbers covered, such as the 1955 trial for the murder of Emmett Till, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the death of four black girls in a 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Rosen has worked for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center, and now teaches at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Update-1 is produced by Mike Hempen. The podcast can be heard on the Club website or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.