Breakout session talk information
Title of Presentation: Journalism Now
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 5:00 pm
Presentation Summary: Katha Pollitt, our Humanist Heroine 2013, will lead a discussion on the changing landscape of journalism for those who aspire to careers in mass media or simply want to expand the quality and reach of their humanist/feminist commentary.
Biography: Katha is a feminist poet, writer and essayist focusing her wit on political and social issues, including abortion rights, racism, welfare reform, feminism, and poverty. Her bimonthly column, “Subject to Debate,” appears in The Nation magazine, where she began contributing in 1980. Her column won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary in 2003. Her 1992 essay on the culture wars, “Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me…” won the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism, and she won a Whiting Foundation Writing Award the same year. In 1993 her essay “Why Do We Romanticize the Fetus?” won the Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has written two books of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Mind-Body Problem. Her work has been included in multiple anthologies and she has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs.