Slate.com editor David Plotz will deliver “Celeb Baby Bump: Pregnant Oscar Winner Natalie Portman (PHOTOS)—How to Make Great Web Journalism in an Age of Content Farms, Search Engine Optimization, and Idiotic Celebrity Slideshows,” the 2011 Muriel and Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture, on Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at Loyola University Maryland. The event, which takes place in McGuire Hall on Loyola’s North Charles Street campus, is free and open to the public.
Plotz, one of Slate’s original employees, joined the organization in 1996. Since then, he has held a variety of positions there including staff writer, political columnist, Washington editor, and deputy editor. He was named editor in 2008.
Prior to joining Slate, Plotz worked as a writer and editor at Washington City Paper. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, New Republic, Washington Post, and GQ, among other publications. He is the author of a national bestseller, Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible, and The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank. Plotz also edited The Best of Slate: A Tenth Anniversary Anthology.
In addition to his written work, Plotz has appeared on The Colbert Report, The View, and Good Morning America, among other programs. He has won the National Press Club’s Hume Award for Political Reporting, the Online Journalism Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Writing. He was also a National Magazine Award finalist.
A 1992 graduate of Harvard College, Plotz lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, the journalist Hanna Rosin, and their three children.
The Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. CNN correspondent Frank Sesno delivered last year’s Caulfield Lecture, “Lose the News, Lose the Game: Reinventing Journalism to Win.”
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