Published on April 30, 2002 by Mary Wimberley  

Environmental journalism will be the topic of this year's Media Day symposium at Samford University Friday (MAY 3).

Natalie Pawelski, CNN environmental correspondent, will speak at 9:15 a.m. in the Samford Sciencenter Planetarium. Her topic will be "Deadlines, Hairspray and Oozing Stories: A TV reporter Tackles the Environment."

A panel discussion on "Biohazards, Junk Science and Community Reporting: Fact, Fiction and Public Reaction," will be at 10:30 a.m. in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall.

Panelists are: Pawelski, Katherine Bouma, environmental reporter, The Birmingham News; and Dr. Paul Blanchard, co-director of Samford's Master of Science in Environmental Management degree program.

The events are sponsored by Samford's Department of Journalism/Mass Communication and the Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education at Samford.

The public is invited to both events.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.