Soledad O'Brien at the lecturn

Hardman Lecture Series

This lecture series presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time and is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

2018 Hardman Journalist-In-Residence

Jenn Smith

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"Preserving Local Journalism: Why Your News, Your Views, Your Voice Matters"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
12 p.m. 
MCLA Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)

Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

Jenn Smith is a journalist who has earned awards for reporting from the Berkshires to California, Haiti to Pakistan, and has covered national crises including the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and subsequent community responses. Most recently, she convened a “Panel Forum on Gun Violence, School Shootings, Gun Safety and Solutions” series, moderating a panel at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield and assisting at sister forums in Southern Vermont. She actively advocates for community journalism, solutions journalism and has delivered public programs on safe and trauma-informed media guidelines for covering suicide and other public crises and mental health issues. Smith is a member of the National Education Writers Association and Society for Professional Journalists. She has served as a fellow with the International Center for Journalists’ U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program, traveling to Pakistan and hosting Pakistani journalists in exchange. Last year she trained as a fellow with Columbia University’s “Age Boom Academy” to address the issue of aging and the development of age-friendly communities. Additionally, she’s earned scholarships to train with the Poynter Institute in Florida and Hechinger Institute on Education and The Media in New York. She has moderated numerous events, regularly volunteers for various community projects, and visits K-12 schools and colleges to promote and develop in people media literacy, leadership and journalism skills.

Smith has earned recognition and awards from Berkshire Magazine’s “The Berkshire 25,” Berkshire Community College's “40 Under Forty,” the Berkshire County Guidance Association, Multicultural BRIDGE, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and Girls Inc., and Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s “Young Careerist” program. An alum of the Syracuse University Newhouse School, she is the community engagement editor for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., and the locally owned New England Newspapers Inc. Previously, she’s reported for Digital First Media, Cape Cod Times and Syracuse New Times, and worked as a freelance writer and editor for various publications. She is currently the producer of The Eagle’s weekly “Learning” and “Classroom of the Week” pages. You can also hear her as a regular panelist on Wednesday mornings on “The Roundtable,” and occasionally on “The Media Project,” both produced and broadcast by WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Past speakers of the Hardman Lecture Series (view photos):  

2017-2018: Byron Pitts

2016-2017: Abderrahim Foukara

2015-2016: Joy Reid

2014-2015: Nicholas Kristof

2013-2014: Jeff Corwin

2012-2013: Howard Kurtz

2011-2012: Soledad O'Brien

2010-2011: Laura Ling

2009-2010: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

2008-2009: David Brooks

2007-2008: Bill McKibben, Marianne Pearl

2006-2007: Derrick Jackson, Bob Simon

2005-2006: Dan Harris, Ellen Goodman

2004-2005: Ellen Hume, Alan Chartock


Past Journalists-in-Residence:  

2017: Dolores Barclay

2016: Seth Rogovoy

2015: John and Anastasia Stanmeyer

2014: Kevin Moran

2013: Mark Kinver

2012: Joe Donahue

2011: Lydia Kulbida

2009: Rex Smith