URI to host Journalism Day Nov. 17

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 3, 2005 –The annual Journalism Day at the University of Rhode Island sponsored by the URI Department of Journalism and the Rhode Island Press Association will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 on the Kingston Campus. It is free and open to the public.

There will be a morning and an afternoon panel discussion. The morning session begins at 10 a.m. in Atrium 1 of the Memorial Union. It will focus on the dangers of computer-assisted reporting. Panelists are Ellyn Santiago, The Westerly Sun; Paul Parker, The Providence Journal, and Frank Bass, director of computer-assisted reporting for the Associated Press in New York.

A lunch will follow the morning panel and will be held at the University Club at 12:30 p.m. The speaker is Jim Taricani of Channel 10. The lunch is $15 per person and reservations are required. To reserve a place e-mail Linda Levin, LLLevin@uri.edu, with the number of people in the party and pay her the day of the event or send a check made payable to the R.I. Press Association to Levin, Department of Journalism, Chafee Building, URI, Kingston, RI, 02881. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 11.

Albert K. “Bucky” Sherman, publisher of The Newport Daily News; the late Bill Parrillo, Providence Journal sports columnist, and the late John Minkins, editorial writer for The Pawtucket Times, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame during the luncheon.

Minkins (1869-1959) was a pioneer of Rhode Island journalism. He spent a half-century as a newspaperman, almost all of it in Rhode Island, working for both Republican and Democratic newspapers.

Sherman started in the newspaper business by delivering the Daily News at 12-years-old. He attended Boston University where he earned a degree in psychology. He worked various jobs at the Newport Daily News until he took over as publisher when his father retired in 1984. He has been active in local civic groups and is a former president of the New England Newspaper Association.

A native and lifelong resident of Johnston, Parillo (1942-2003) was one of the first graduates of the journalism program at the University of Rhode Island, receiving his degree in 1963. He spent his entire career at the Providence Journal-Bulletin, and was the New England Patriots beat writer in the 1970s, then began writing his column.

The afternoon panel discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the Memorial Union. The topic, “Plagiarism in the Media,” will be discussed by Harry Whitin, editor of The Worcester Telegram; Steve Greenlee, Living Arts Editor of The Boston Globe, and John Pantalone, URI journalism professor.