2017 Armstrong Lecture & Symposium

OCTOBER 27, 2017

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. 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. Registration is required for attendance. 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.

As a part of this advanced communication seminar, Douglas Blackmon will host a panel session entitled "Passion with a Purpose: navigating journalism ethics & public affairs reporting". This roundtable discussion will feature four amazing journalism professionals who will explore the nuances of investigative reporting, journalism ethics, and objectivity in an era of alternative facts, fake news, other rising tensions and more.

Meet the Panelists

Carrie Teegardin

Carrie TeegardinCarrie Teegardin is a reporter on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team. She was part of the AJC’s team that produced last year’s Doctors & Sex Abuse series, a groundbreaking project that exposed a system that routinely forgives doctors who violate their own patients. The series won numerous national investigative reporting awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. A graduate of Duke University, Teegardin has reported on a wide range of topics during her career, including health care, criminal justice reform, refugee resettlement and predatory lending. She was one of three AJC reporters to win a Gerald Loeb award for the newspaper’s Borrower Beware series. Teegardin is a native of Ohio and is the mother of two children who are in middle school.

Tracy Dornelly

Tracy DornellyTracy Dornelly is the co-founder and chief content officer for leading African-American news outlet Atlanta Black Star. Tracy has since been instrumental in developing the growth strategy and reader engagement that has propelled Atlanta Black Star into a multi-million dollar media property. Her editorial leadership has been a driving force in delivering compelling news to the site’s five million monthly visitors, making it the fastest growing outlet in its demographic. A graduate of Clark-Atlanta University and Bauder College with degrees in Psychology and Fashion Merchandising, Tracy is a champion of women’s issues and the entrepreneurial empowerment of women.

Linda Pattillo

lindapattilloabcnewsLinda Pattillo is an award-winning former foreign correspondent for ABC News and CNN. Her international assignments include: Gulf War I (only female t.v. correspondent to travel with frontline troops during ground war), Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Zaire. Her awards include: George Foster Peabody Award; Columbia-DuPont Golden Baton; twice-nominated for national Emmy awards; Edward R. Morrow Award; IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) finalist; numerous local Emmy awards.

Donna Krache

donna-kracheDonna Krache teaches Basic News Writing, Advanced Digital Writing and Digital Production as a lecturer here at GSU. She is a former CNN executive producer and web editor who has won several awards in journalism and communication. Krache has over 20 years of experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to covert its television show to the digital platform. She created and edited CNN’s education website, and has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. Her interests are classical and classic rock music, baseball, trends in media, trivia, and charitable work she does for the Dave Krache Foundation. Named for her late husband, this foundation pays entry fees for children who want to play sports but whose families cannot afford it.

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