Award-winning journalist and Baltimore radio host Dan Rodricks will deliver “Choosing the News: Journalism in the Age of Like-Mindedness,” the 2012 Muriel and Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture, on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall West on Loyola University Maryland’s North Charles Street campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Rodricks hosts Midday with Dan Rodricks, a daily talk show on WYPR-FM, Baltimore’s NPR affiliate. He is also a regional and national award-winning columnist for The Baltimore Sun, where he has written three columns each week since January 1979. During his 13 years as a feature reporter/commentator on WBAL-TV, he received several regional journalism awards. Among his many accolades, Rodricks won the Excellence in Urban Journalism Award from the Freedom Forum and the Enterprise Foundation in 2006. That same year, he was named Public Citizen of the Year by the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. In addition, he won the 2005 Public Service award from the Chesapeake Associated Press for his highly-acclaimed series exposing the obstacles that paroled felons face in finding jobs. A Baltimore resident since 1976, Rodricks has also performed in semi-professional theater in Baltimore and has also received awards for his acting.
“Dan is a talented multi-media journalist who has been a fixture in the Baltimore news media for decades. His professionalism and passion for social justice serve as a model for student journalists today,” said Elliot King, Ph.D., chair of Loyola’s department of communication.
The Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established 24 years ago by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the Loyola’s communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. Previous presenters have included Slate.com editor David Plotz, Emmy-award winning CNN journalist Frank Sesno, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall, Jr.
About Loyola University Maryland’s Department of Communication:
Loyola University Maryland’s department of communication is housed in Loyola College, the University’s school of arts and sciences, and one of its three distinct schools. Although only founded in 2006, the department serves 450 majors — more than any other campus department — and 50 minors. Students studying newspaper, magazine, book, online, and broadcast journalism may choose among specializations in journalism, advertising and public relations, and digital media. The department is home to award-winning, student-run media outlets, including WLOY Loyola Radio, GreyComm Studios TV, the Greyhound weekly student newspaper, and the Loyola Student Pound, a student-run website reporting on news and culture. The United States’ first student-run publishing house, Apprentice House Student Book Publishing, also falls within the department’s domain. Clubs and additional activities the department sponsors include Loyola’s heavily decorated debate team, the Loyola chapters of the PRSSA and AAF, the Evergreen annual yearbook, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, plus the fashion blog Loyola Looks. For more information, please visit www.loyola.edu/communication.