SJU to Host Foreign Journalists Covering Presidential Election

Reporters, editors from 25 countries attend lecture, media panel

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What: Fresh from their attendance at the final presidential debate at Hofstra University the previous evening, more than 25 foreign political editors, journalists and correspondents touring the U.S. to learn about American elections will visit Saint Joseph’s University. The group will attend a lecture on the 2008 presidential campaign as well as a panel about the way the media reports the political process featuring members of Philadelphia print and electronic media. The tour is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

When: Thursday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: 1 – 2:15 p.m. Meet and greet: 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Panel discussion with questions from floor: 2:45 –3:30 p.m. Informal discussion: 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue Simpson Hall; access through Cardinal Avenue Parking Lot off City Avenue

Who: Lecturer and Moderator: Randall Miller, Ph.D., political analyst and professor of history, Saint Joseph's University

Panel Members Vernon Odom, political reporter, 6-ABC WPVI-TV, host of “Visions” Steve Highsmith, political reporter, NBC-10 WCAU-TV, host of “Live @ Issue” Alan Tu, senior producer, WHYY-91 FM’s “Radio Times with Marty Moss Coane” Maria Panaritis ’92, politics and economics reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer Tom Namako, politics reporter, Philadelphia City Paper Alex Nasser, editor of The Hawk, theSJU student newspaper, and an editor from The Triangle, the Drexel University student newspaper

Highlights: Journalists from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and Oceania covering the 2008 U.S. presidential election for their respective outlets will converge on the Saint Joseph’s University campus to meet and interact with SJU students, faculty and members of the Philadelphia political media. List of foreign journalists available upon request.

Media Contact

Patricia Allen, Associate Director of University Communications, 610-660-3240,, or University Communications at 610-660-1222

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