BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Journalist John Pope, a member of the New
Orleans Times Picayune team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for its
reporting of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, will present a
free public talk, “By Any Means Necessary: Delivering the
News in the 21st Century,” on Oct. 3 from 5-6 p.m. in 110
Knox Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus.
The talk will be sponsored by the UB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa,
the UB Humanities Institute, Undergraduate Academies, the
Department of English and its Journalism Certificate Program, the
UB Communicators Network and The Spectrum.
Pope’s talk will be preceded from 3:30-5 p.m. by a free
public screening of “Deadline – U.S.A.,” also in
The 1952 film follows a crusading editor (Humphrey Bogart), who
tries to finish a circulation-building expose about the murder of a
young woman by a racketeer, in an attempt to save his newspaper
from going out of business. The film is based loosely on the
story of the original New York Sun – “It Shines for
All” – which published from 1833 to 1950.
Pope will address the fact that as the world changes, so has the
newspapers business of collecting, investigating, writing, editing
and disseminating news. He holds that in this climate of
“news” sources that have proliferated online,
newspapers cannot afford to be passive but must find ways to
rebuild readership and revenue. He will discuss how the
Times-Picayune is meeting this challenge.