All-star panels announced for 135th Anniversary

The DP Alumni Association has announced the first wave of a great lineup of sessions taking place on Saturday, October 19 as part of the DP 135th Anniversary Reunion.

Political Journalism Today: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Moderator Peter Canellos ’84, Editor-at-Large at Politico, will moderate a panel discussion with a number of DP alumni who are on the front lines covering the White House, Congress and politics today. The panel includes:

  • Ashley Parker ’05, White House Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Rebecca Kaplan ’10, Capitol Hill Producer, CBS News
  • Catherine Lucey ’01, White House Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Matt Flegenheimer ’11, National Politics Reporter, The New York Times

The Week That Changed the DP Forever
In February 1962, a group of editors who had already broken the gender barrier by having the first women join the DP published a parody issue of the women’s newspaper, The Pennsylvania News and called for the downfall of the men’s student government. Administrators slapped the DP with a suspension, confiscated the next day’s newspaper and forced out the DP Editor-in-Chief — moves which prompted immediate howls of outrage, national attention, and a quick retreat by Penn. The outcome led to the end of the separate women’s newspaper and a guarantee from Penn of nearly-complete autonomy, free of funding by the student government (which led, two decades later, to the DP’s complete independence as a non-profit corporation separate from Penn). Join us to hear from the editors of this seminal moment that forever changed the course of DP history.

  • Melvin Goldstein ’62
  • Dr. Michael Brown ’62
  • (more to come)

DP Hall of Fame: Honoring the Legacy
Randall Lane ’90, Editor and Chief Content Officer of Forbes, will moderate a discussion with the inaugural inductees into the new DP Alumni Hall of Fame (additional information about the inductees can be found here):

  • Jean Chatzky ’86
  • Lee Levine ’76
  • Mike Silver ’75
  • Bob Frost ’60

The State of the DP: Present and Future
“How’s the DP?” alumni ask, often in worried tones. Massive changes in readership and the advertising-supported journalism have impacted the DP as much as commercial newspapers around the country. While DP print editions come out less frequently than in the past, new departments for newsletters, web development, social media, audience analytics, video, product development and more are keeping the DP vital to the campus community and to the students who come to learn and gain experience. The DP in 2019 has a larger staff than ever in its history, and is prepared to continue evolving into a next-generation media organization. Come hear from the current student leadership, longtime professional staff leader, and alumni Board of Directors leader about how the DP works today and how it plans to succeed for generaitons to come.

  • Julia Schorr ’20, DP President
  • Sarah Fortinsky ’20, DP Executive Editor
  • Eric Jacobs ’80, DP General Manager
  • Chuck Cohen ’89, DP Board of Directors Lead Alumni Director

 And there’s more to come. It’s shaping up to be an event you don’t want to miss. The deadline to register is August 31. Register today! Click here to jump straight to the event information and registration page.

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