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AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST TO PRESENT 'TRUTH ON THE BATTLEFIELD: THE WAR AGANIST FAKE NEWS' AT MCLA 

03/07/17

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome author and journalist Dolores Barclay to campus on Tuesday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 22, as this spring semester’s Hardman Journalist-in-Residence. She will present a talk, “Truth on the Battlefield: The War against Fake News,” on Wednesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall’s Sammer Dennis Room (218), on the MCLA campus.

“Truth on the Battlefield: The War against Fake News” is free and open to the public. The Hardman Journalist-in-Residence series, which each spring welcomes journalists from the region to campus, is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

Barclay is an author and adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and sits on the Advisory Board of City University Center for the Arts.

“Dolores Barclay’s career as a journalist has been prolific and richly varied,” said Dr. Zack Finch, assistant professor of English/communications at MCLA. “She has worked as a features writer and as an investigative reporter, covered police beats in New York City, and served as the arts and entertainment editor at the Associated Press. 

“During her residency on campus, MCLA students will gain a great opportunity to explore firsthand how a journalist can thrive professionally, particularly at a time when good journalism is needed more than ever,” Finch added.

According to Finch, Barclay will visit a number of journalism and media studies classes during her two-day residency. She will meet with journalism students over lunches, advise the staff of the Beacon – MCLA’s student-run newspaper – do interviews with MCLA media, and deliver the public talk on Wednesday, March 22, which will conclude with a question and answer session.

A former arts editor of The Associated Press (AP), Barclay first worked for the AP as a reporter, covering city hall, federal and criminal courts, and the police beat for the New York City bureau. She became a feature writer, and later a national writer and investigative reporter, until moving into culture coverage as a writer and critic.

At the AP, Barclay expanded its culture beat as an arts and entertainment editor. She later took a leave of absence from her management position to work on the investigative series, “Torn from the Land,” which was awarded the Aronson Prize for Social Justice Journalism, the APME Enterprise Award, and the Griot Award of the New York Association of Black Journalists. In addition, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, for her work on this series. Barclay is the author of two inspirational books, and co-author of “A Girl Needs Cash” and “Sammy Davis Jr., My Father.” In addition, she worked with Diana Ross on her best-selling memoir, “Secrets of a Sparrow.”

A graduate of Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., Barclay was honored with the alumni association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. She also is a recipient of The Multiple Sclerosis Award for Excellence in Communication, as well as other awards.

Barclay is at work on her first novel, and is mounting a publishing and video project with supermodel Frederique van der Wal, the host of FYI cable television channel’s “Homegrown Makeover.”

She also is a producer on a documentary about film legend Sam Spiegel (“Lawrence of Arabia” and “On the Waterfront”).

“Truth on the Battlefield: The War against Fake News,” is free and open to the public. The Hardman Journalist-in-Residence series, which welcomes journalists from the region to campus each spring, is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

According to Finch, Barclay will visit a number of journalism, media studies and arts writing classes during her two-day residency. She will meet with journalism students individually and over lunches, advise the staff of the Beacon – MCLA’s student-run newspaper – do interviews with MCLA media, and give the public talk on Wednesday, March 22, which will conclude with a question and answer session.

Together, Finch and Dr. Joseph Ebiware, professor of English/communications, serve as Hardman scholars, and are coordinating Barclay’s residency at MCLA.

For more information, (413) 662-5224, or

go to http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/hardmanlectureseries/index.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.