We’re delighted to announce our lineup of guest speakers and judges for the Summer 2013 session. Please join us in welcoming these award-winning writers, journalists, industry leaders and teachers to Newsroom by the Bay. (Note: new information for Summer 2014 will be posted in the spring of 2014 as we book new guest speakers and judges.)

Unless otherwise indicated, all evening speaker sessions begin at 7 p.m. at Adelfa House on the Stanford campus. Events are open to the general public only by prior reservation. Please contact us at newsroombythebay@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Monday, June 24

AdamAdam Johnson, author and professor

Adam Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Price in fiction for his novel, The Orphan Master’s Son. He is an associate professor of English at Stanford University, with an emphasis in creative writing. Adam is a Whiting Writers’ Award winner, and his work has appeared in EsquireHarper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, The New York Times and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. His books have been translated into 23 languages. Johnson was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.  The Orphan Master’s Son was published in 2012 by Random House. Adam also has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-14. He received a B.A. in journalism in 1992 from The Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Tuesday, June 25

Scott_OR_MagazineScott Landis, iPad publishing pioneer

Scott is a writer, photographer and tablet app developer based in Portland, Ore. Scott earned a B.A. in magazine journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he served as the editor-in-chief for the university’s first iPad based magazine, OR Magazine, using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. OR earned semi-finalist status at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards and helped establish a category for digital publishing in the subsequent year. Scott has since shifted his focus toward other tablet computer publishing opportunities. He is currently the Digital Publishing Specialist in charge of development and distribution at Storycode, a Portland-based digital publishing agency and Adobe Digital Publishing Preferred Partner. He is also helping to establish a Digital Publishing curriculum at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. More information on OR can be found here, and the magazine is also available in the App store on iTunes.

Wednesday, June 26

michelleMichelle Quinn, reporter, Politico.com

Michelle Quinn is a technology reporter for Politico.com, covering the intersection of technology, policy and politics. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. Most recently, she wrote a general news blog for The New York Times and worked as a media adviser to Jerry Brown in his capacity as attorney general. 

Thursday, June 27

EricEric Burse, NBC intern and Student Journalist of the Year

Eric graduates in June from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, with a double major in broadcast and digital journalism, and political science. He was a reporter on campus for Annenberg TV News, a contributor at the Daily Trojan Newspaper, and an intern at “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” The National Association of Black Journalists recently recognized him as its 2012 Student Journalist of the Year, and he is a popular speaker at national high school journalism conventions, most recently the NSPA/JEA spring convention in San Francisco in April.

Friday, June 28

Nick Ferentinos, journalism adviser and mentor

Nick Ferentinos currently works as lead trainer with the Journalism Education Association’s mentor program after a career at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., teaching English and journalism. He advised The Epitaph, the student newspaper, for 18 years.

During his tenure as adviser, the newspaper ranked as the most lauded in the country, having received eight Pacemaker Awards from the National Scholastic Press Association and eight Gold Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, among many other awards. In 1988, the paper was given the Freedom Award by the Student Press Law Center for its defense of a censored story about a student who was HIV-positive, the first such story in the country. Nick has received a number of honors, including a Fulbright grant to teach journalism educators in New Zealand. He was also named the 1994 Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.

Co-panelist Kathryn Pallakoff lives in Los Angeles, where she is in private practice doing advanced somatic therapies.  She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from New York University.  In 1988, while on the Epitaph staff, Pallakoff initiated and authored the story on a HIV-positive student that led to the historic censorship by the school principal within hours of the Hazelwood decision, the subject of this talk.

Guest Judges/Editors

Rye_1_for_webRye Druzin is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., where he received a B.A. in international affairs. During his time at L&C, Rye was heavily involved in the student newspaper, The Pioneer Log. He has continued his passion by working at the local Palo Alto Weekly as an editorial intern, and hopes to continue working as a journalist in the years to come. Rye was a (very popular!)  team leader in 2011 and 2012.

WatkinsPhotoMarshall Watkins is a rising junior and an economics major at Stanford University. He currently serves as The Stanford Daily‘s summer managing editor, having previously worked as managing editor of news, a senior staff writer and a news desk editor. Originally from London, he plans to pursue a career in finance after graduation.


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