Former Ottaway Professor Returns

Bernard Stein will host a discussion.
Bernard Stein will host a discussion.

Award-winning editor Bernard Stein will be coming to campus on Friday, Oct. 26 to discuss the changes the Internet has brought to the world of journalism.

The talk, which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Honors Center at College Hall, will focus on the importance and changes of community press. The community press includes smaller weekly newspapers as well as daily ones.

“It’s no secret that the Internet has brought huge changes to the way we report the news and the way we disseminate it. My talk will reflect on the impact of these changes on community news, for good and not so good,” said Stein.

Stein has found his way to SUNY New Paltz before. In the spring of 2002, he was the second recipient of the James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship in Journalism where he taught the course, “Writing To Make A Difference.”

Stein is currently a professor of journalism at the City University of New York at Hunter. He has also won numerous awards for working at The Riverdale Press in the Bronx, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for editorial writing as well as the New York’s Writer of the Year Award.

“No one is more favorably situated to discuss the community press than Stein,” said journalism professor Rob Miraldi. “His courageous editorials were a great example of what the press can do for its community. He was one of  the best at starting the kinds of conversations that the press needs to start – in the Internet age or any age.”

Andrew Carden, a fourth-year journalism student, said the extensive local coverage can be a good thing.

“Community journalism is perfectly fine, presuming the journalist’s function is an ‘ethical’ and ‘professional’ fashion,” he said.