CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Investigative reporter Eric Schlosser to speak about "sleazy
state of affairs in the media"
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eric Schlosser, an award-winning investigative reporter
whose work regularly appears in major national magazines including The
Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and U.S. News & World Report,
will speak at the University of Iowa Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the
Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Schlosser's speech is the keynote address at the UI School of Journalism
and Mass Communication's annual Fourth Estate Awards Banquet. His presentation,
"Good News/Bad News: The Future of American Journalism," will
address, "the current low, base, and sleazy state of affairs in the
Schlosser's reporting has brought attention to important neglected stories
and has won him several national awards. His 1994 two-part series in The
Atlantic, "Reefer Madness," which showed that petty marijuana
users and small dealers were languishing in prison under draconian federal
drug sentencing laws won the National Magazine Award for reporting. In
1995 Schlosser was a finalist for the same award for his article, "In
The Strawberry Fields," about the plight of migrant laborers in California's
Following Schlosser's speech, approximately $80,000 in scholarships
and awards will be announced and distributed to undergraduate and graduate
students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
For more information, contact the School of Journalism at (319) 335-3486.