“Mother Jones” Publisher to Speak on Modern Media Oct. 8

PULLMAN, Wash. — “What’s Missing From Your News?” will be the focus of a lecture about modern media and democracy when Jay Harris, publisher of “Mother Jones” magazine, delivers the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication’s 1998 Charlotte Friel Memorial Lecture next week on the Washington State University campus. The Oct. 8 talk is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bryan Hall Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.
Harris will address the role of independent magazines in an era of media consolidation. He has appeared on many programs including Talk of the Nation and C-Span, and as a featured speaker at conferences of the Social Venture Network and Business for Social Responsibility. The graduate of the Yale School of Management has taught magazine management at the University of California.
“Mother Jones” is a magazine of investigation and ideas for independent thinkers, said Susan Ross, coordinator of Harris’ visit. Provocative and unexpected articles are included to inform readers and inspire action toward positive social change. Colorful and personal, “Mother Jones” challenges conventional wisdom, exposes abuses of power, helps redefine stubborn problems and offers fresh solutions.
The Charlotte Friel Memorial Lecture was established by Mr. and Mrs. John B. Friel, WSU class of 1923, in memory of their daughter Charlotte Friel, WSU class of 1951. The memorial fund was set up to bring recognized professionals in mass communication to campus to participate in an annual visiting lectureship.