Journalism & a Free Society
June 2-8 | Loyola University, Chicago, IL

This intellectually enriching, skill-building program launches future writers, reporters, and producers into liberty-advancing journalism careers. Participants get practical advice from seasoned professionals, learn how to approach economic and political topics analytically, and explore how classical liberal principles work in the press and media. Skilled communicators from all majors are eligible.

Journalism & a Free Society

Journalism & a Free Society is about two-way communication – the give-and-take that is part of a meaningful intellectual exchange.  All lectures are followed by question-and-answer-sessions  and interaction is emphasized.  Workshops and lectures change from year to year, but a typical day may look something like this. 

Breakfast – The perfect opportunity to get ready for the day.  Start the day off with faculty, journalists, and other seminar participants. 

Morning Lecture & Discussion: The  Death of Newspapers? – Presentation and discussion about the future of the media industry. Are newspapers going to disappear?  Will everything go on line?  How do you find a job and make a career in this new media environment?  What skills do you need to succeed as a journalist?

Coffee Break – Enjoy refreshments and pastries.

Second Morning Lecture & Discussion: The Financial Crisis of 2008 – What every journalist needs to know about the financial crisis of 2008.  This lecture explains the roots of the crisis and its consequences.  All the economics lectures  aim to equip you with a better  understanding the relationship between economic ideas and current events.

Lunch – Talk to the faculty about their presentations.  Meet other participants.

Free  Time – Chat. Take  a Nap. Read.

Afternoon Lecture: The Life of a Freelancer – Discuss the nuts and bolts of  freelancing: finding stories, pitching  to editors,  getting paid and getting known.   The workshop will also look at using social media to build a freelance business.

Dinner – Talk to your fellow participants and the faculty

Evening Lecture: Democracy, Liberty and Media in the 19th and 20th Centuries – We’ll look at American democracy and the media with a special emphasis on relevance of the writings of  Alexis de Tocqueville and Friedrich Hayek for journalists. 

Discussion Groups – A discussion of the day’s presentations

Evening Reception –  Enjoy free refreshments while you interact with other seminar participants, faculty and journalists.  

Seminar participants will also have a free afternoon to visit Philadelphia.  Visit the Constitution Center or the Barnes Foundation. Have a cheesesteak. Run up the “Rocky” steps. See the Liberty Bell.

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