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Working Toward the Best in Journalism: A Celebration of The New Journal!

Sunday, April 2, 2023, noon—6 p.m.

Volume 54 Issue 1, the winning issue!

To celebrate the New Journal’s newest honor—named America’s “Best Student Magazine” this past June by the Society of Professional Journalists—all are invited to a series of panels discussing strategies for creating the best journalism, in any publication and anywhere: the campus, the nation, and the world.  New Journal grads speaking at these panels will be here (in person) from Atlantic, Bloomberg, CBS, Economist, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, Mississippi Today, New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, Paris Review, Pro Publica, Report for America, Science, Victoria Advocate, Washington Post, and more.

This event will be hosted in the Branford College Common Room (74 High Street), and it is free and open to the public. To tell us you’re coming (or to see our most current guest list), please RSVP by clicking here and adding your name.

Panels Planned for April 2

New details will be posted as they emerge on this page. Times below for panels are approximate, and after each panel we plan a 15-minute break (with coffee and some light snacks available). Click on panelists’ names to see their past work!

  • Noon – 1:30 pm: “Breaking Beyond Campus Journalism”

Panelists: Maya Averbuch, Bloomberg Mexico reporter
Neela Banerjee, NPR Supervising Climate Editor
Haley Cohen Gilliland, Yale Journalism Initiative, Economist, National Geographic
Ray Lipstein, New Yorker web producer
Julia Preston, Marshall Project, after New York Times
Elena Saavedra Buckley, associate editor at Harper’s and The Drift

Moderators: Nicole Dirks, New Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, 2023
Jesse Goodman, New Journal Executive Editor, 2023

  • 1:45 – 3 pm: “Making the Micro Macro”

Panelists: Jacque Feldman, Freelance to New Yorker, Nation, and Paris Review
Ben Mueller, New York Times reporter
Annie Rosenthal, Public radio reporter in Texas
Arya Sundaram, WNYC radio & Gothamist, covering race, after New York Times investigations desk
Aliyya Swaby, ProPublica reporter in Atlanta
Isabelle Taft, Mississippi Today reporter covering health

Moderators: Dereen Shirnekhi, New Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, 2023

J.D. Wright, New Journal Managing Editor, 2023

  • 3:15 – 4:30 pm: “How Editors Go for Greatness”

Panelists: Spencer Bokat-Lindell, New York Times opinion editor
Sophie Haigney, Paris Review web editor, The Drift contributing editor, freelance to New York Times, New Yorker, and more
Charlotte Howard, Economist Executive Editor and New York Bureau Chief
Sarah Laskow, Atlantic science editor
John Swansburg, Atlantic managing editor

Moderators: Zachary Groz, New Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, 2022

Alexandra Galloway, New Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, 2022

  • 4:45 – 6 pm (with light refreshments): “Roast and Toast: You Call this the Best in the Country?”

Panelists: Andy Court, CBS 60 Minutes Producer
Susan Dominus, New York Times Magazine staff writer
David Greenberg, Rutgers professor; contributing editor to Politico Magazine and more
Anya Kamenetz, education writer including years at NPR
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer winner for The Prize and TNJ founder

Moderators: Jesse Goodman, New Journal Executive Editor, 2023
Nicole Dirks, New Journal co-Editor-in-Chief, 2023

Read the Features from the Winning Issue!

  • “SEX WORK IN NEW HAVEN.” Facing stigma and criminalization, six women find community at the Sex Workers and Allies Network, by Dereen Shirnekhi.
  • “OUT OF DOORS.” Many New Haven residents choose to risk it on the streets rather than sleep in shelters, by Laura Glesby.

Or, read the full winning issue by clicking here.

Some Committed or Likely Attendees (as of March 17, 2023)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park if I come by car?
— Parking is free on New Haven streets on Sundays. So you can park free next to any parking meter. Great news, yes?

What is the best entrance gate for Branford?
— Any gate is fine, but all will be locked. When you reach a locked gate, just wait for a student to walk through and explain that you’re heading to this event in the Branford Common Room. The official address for Branford College is 74 High Street, which puts you near a Branford gate but not near the common room. If instead you navigate to 248 York Street (click here to see the view on Google Maps), you’ll wind up across the street from the most convenient gate for getting to the Branford Common Room–and that’s the gate we’ll try to make easy to enter through. And again: just ask a student to let you through any gate to Branford.

Where can I eat brunch before the noon start?
— If you’re a TNJ grad arriving from out of town between 11 am and about 11:45 (before the noon start of this event), we will treat you to brunch in the sun-filled Branford Dining Hall.

Should I bring anti-Covid masks?
— Yes, please. You may need to use them indoors, particularly if the room gets crowded.

Will the room get crowded?
— We think yes! But the room has good ventilation, including doors opening straight into the Branford courtyard, which will likely be full of flowers in bloom. In the event that the room gets too crowded for your personal comfort, fear not! We plan to run a Zoom webinar that will allow you to step out to a breezier, more comfortable location, all while still being able to listen and watch.

May I bring a guest?
— Of course! If you do, please RSVP by clicking here to signal that two of you are coming.

What if I want a TNJ tote bag?

— You’re coming to the right event!

Besides the editors at TNJ, who should I thank for hosting us?
— All of Branford College, including its superb Head, Professor Enrique de la Cruz, who is also Chair of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
The Director of the Yale Journalism Initiative, Haley Cohen Gilliland, who was The New Journal Editor-in-Chief circa 2010 before getting hired, within a year after graduating, as Argentina and Uruguay Correspondent for The Economist.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, which has supported this event generously. The person to thank would be its Director, Bliss Massaro.

I have another question. Who should I e-mail?
— Please send an email to [email protected].