Baltimore Sun publisher and editor-in-chief to discuss future of journalism at 2017 Caulfield Lecture
Trif Alatzas, ’88, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun, will present “The Future of Journalism: Big and Small” at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Caulfield Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in McGuire Hall on the University’s Evergreen campus.
The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.
Alatzas was an award-winning reporter and editor for nearly three decades before he was named publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun Media Group in March 2016. He oversees the business staff and journalists at The Sun, The Baltimore Sun Media Group’s websites, and the company’s targeted media division of community newspapers and magazines.
A Baltimore native, he began his journalism career as an intern with The Evening Sun while he was an undergraduate student at Loyola. Since then, he has held several prominent roles at The Sun, including executive editor/senior vice president, head of digital media, sports editor, and business editor. He led The Sun’s newsrooms through the company’s successful transition to paid digital subscriptions in 2011, and he is credited with bridging the print and online divisions of the newsroom and ensuring The Sun’s journalists have an array of skills to maneuver between digital and print platforms seamlessly. In addition, he developed and drove the editorial strategy in The Baltimore Sun Media Group’s 2014 acquisitions of The Annapolis Capital and Carroll County Times. In 2014, he formed The Sun's investigative reporting team.
Under his leadership, The Sun and its journalists have continued the tradition of exceptional and award-winning journalism in Baltimore. The newsroom was recognized during the past two years with more than 40 national awards for investigative journalism, online reporting and design, and breaking news coverage. The Sun has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times during the past two years for breaking news, editorial writing, and editorial cartoons. The Sun’s coverage of the Baltimore riots and the aftermath was recognized with two awards from the Online News Association in 2015 for breaking news and explanatory reporting.
Alatzas formerly worked for news organizations in Springfield, Ill., Rochester, N.Y., and Wilmington, Del. He earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Loyola.
About the Caulfield Lecture:
Now in its 29th year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola University Maryland was established 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 communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year.