Journalism Speaker Series Lineup for Fall 2012 Semester Now Available Online

By Gayle Lilliana Blakely, Editor-in-Chief

The Fall 2012 Journalism Speaker Series lineup, sponsored by the Uptown Exchange and the News Reporting & Writing class at Truman, is now available on Communications and Journalism Professor Benjamin Ortiz’s website.

The Journalism Speaker Series lineup includes:

  • Extra Bilingual Newspaper Editorial Director CHRISTINA E. RODRIGUEZ – Sept. 12
  • Christian Science Monitor staff writer MARK GUARINO – Sept. 19
  • Hoy Chicago Managing Editor FERNANDO DIAZ – Sept. 26
  • MSNBC contributing writer DAVID GOODFRIEND – Oct. 3
  • WBEZ’s North Side Bureau reporter ODETTE YOUSEF – Oct. 10
  • Truman alumnus and former Editor-in-Chief of the Uptown
  • Exchange PATRICK ERWIN – Oct. 10
  • Labor Beat Producer LARRY DUNCAN – Oct. 17
  • 46th Ward ALDERMAN JAMES CAPPLEMAN – Oct. 24
  • DownBeat Magazine Associate Editor AARON COHEN – Oct. 29
  • Senior Writer for Chicago Reader and Adjunct Journalism Professor for Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago MICK DUMKE – Nov. 7
  • Hoy Investigative Editor JEFF KELLY LOWENSTEIN – Nov. 12
  • Wicker Park/Bucktown Pipeline Reporter and Truman alumnus NANDIKA DOOBAY – Nov. 14
  • Hoy Chicago Contributor and Cartoonist ERIC J. GARCIA – Nov. 21 & Nov. 28
  • Truman Communications professor emeritus ROBERT HUGHES – Dec. 3

Speaker Series discussions take place in room 2963 of Truman College.


Benjamin Ortiz is the faculty adviser for The Uptown Exchange and an Assistant Professor of Journalism, Literature and Writing at Harry S Truman College. He is also a contributing writer for many news media companies, including the Chicago Tribune.

You can find the professor’s published works in, Border Beat,, Café Latino Lifestyle Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, The Common Review, ContraTiempo, Desert Post Weekly, HOY, Illinois Entertainer, In These Times, Laboratory Medicine, La Raza, LiP Magazine, Mesquite Review, Neighborhood Works, NewCity, OpenDemocracy, Punk Planet, San Antonio Current, Word: Monthly Guide to Dallas Arts.

Benjamin Ortiz has a M.A. in English from Stanford University and a B.A. Honors in English and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.


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