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Murrow Center Director Featured at Next First Monday Forum

Edward Schumacher-Matos

Edward Schumacher-Matos (Fletcher School, Tufts University)

(23 July 2016). Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts will be the featured speaker at the next First Monday Forum on 1 August 2016. The discussion takes place at American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C., but at a different time than usual: 12: 45 pm.

The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World is part of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, which analyzes, “the changing flows of digital information across borders, as well as the impact of those rapidly shifting changes on diplomacy, the news media, and global order.” The Murrow Center provides training in practical communications skills for students, as well as classes, workshops, and mentoring in opinion writing, video, podcasts, and web design.

Edward Schumacher-Matos joined the Murrow Center as director in the fall of 2015. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School, who went on to a career in journalism, media entrepreneurship, and the academic world. He worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, where he founded the The Wall Street Journal Americas edition. Later, Schumacher-Matos started a chain of Spanish-language newspapers in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley.

In the academic world, Schumacher-Matos held faculty positions at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and as a Shorenstein Fellow on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, where he also began the school’s Migration and Integration Studies Program. Schumacher-Matos later became a professor of First Amendment issues at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also taught classes in digital strategy, reporting, and international news analysis.

First Monday Forums are a joint project of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and Public Diplomacy Council. The event takes place on Monday, 1 August 2016, and begins at a special time: 12:45 pm, at AFSA headquarters, 2101 E Street NW, Washington DC (Foggy Bottom metro). Sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but advance registrations by e-mail are required: FirstMondayForum.RSVP@gmail.com.

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