2017 Armstrong Lecture & Symposium


10:00am – 2:30pm
25 Park Place, Rm 830
Atlanta, GA 30303


The John William Armstrong, Jr. Lecture & Symposium is the department of Communication’s annual endowed seminar held for academically stellar journalism students. Registration is required for attendance.

The day’s events include a lecture, lunch and panel. At the end of the seminar, the guest speaker will also host a Q&A session at 2:45pm, open to all GSU students, staff & faculty, to discuss specific areas of his research. See details below!


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The John William Armstrong, Jr. Lecture & Symposium is the department of Communication's annual endowed seminar featuring renown journalists and scholars of journalism who have made notable contributions to their field. This event seeks to empower academically stellar journalism students with exclusive access to an advanced communication seminar that focuses on the topic of the First Amendment in Media, journalism ethics and/or public affairs reporting.

The guest speaker for this year's Armstrong Lecture is Douglas A. Blackmon. He will be speaking from the topic, "The Hidden Truth: Finding the Facts. Telling the Story".

Blackmon, will highlight the challenges and importance of investigative journalism over the course of his many years of research. He will also host a panel of scholars and journalism professionals discussing the nuances of journalism ethics and public affairs reporting in an era of fake news, alternative facts, and other rising tensions.

Douglas A. Blackmon is an accomplished journalist, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of the best-selling Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. He is also the executive producer and host of American Forum, a public affairs program produced at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and aired weekly on more than 250 PBS affiliates across the U.S. His book, a searing examination of how the enslavement of African-Americans persisted deep into the 20th century, was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The Slavery by Another Name documentary was broadcast in February 2012 and attracted an audience of 4.8 million viewers.

Blackmon was the longtime chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau and the paper’s Senior National Correspondent until 2012, when he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia and became a contributing editor at the Washington Post. He has written about or directed coverage of some of the most pivotal stories in American life, including the election of President Barack Obama, the rise of the tea party movement and the BP oil spill.

Prior to his work at The Wall Street Journal, Blackmon covered race and politics at the Atlanta Journal Constitution for seven years. His reporting on corruption at Atlanta City Hall in the 1990s helped lead to the conviction and imprisonment of eight city officials, including two former councilmen and the city’s chief investment officer.

Blackmon is a much sought after lecturer who has also spoken at Harvard School of Law, Yale University, Princeton, the New School, Emory University, Vanderbilt School of Law, the Clinton and Lincoln presidential libraries, and many other institutions.

Initiated in 2012, the John William Armstrong, Jr. endowment was established by donors Lee Armstrong Lumpkin and G. Michael Lumpkin. Lee Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at Georgia State University in 1968. She entered the television business as a promotion manager at Ted Turner's WTCG-TV, now cable Superstation, TBS. In 1997, she became the first woman promoted to general manager for a Cox Television station when she took over WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. In 2000, Lee was named the general manager of WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC along with its sister station WAXN. This endowment is created in honor of her father, John William Armstrong, Jr., who inspired her career in the media through his work at the newspaper in Columbus, GA.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming seminar or any of the sessions throughout the day, contact:

James C. Taylor, III