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Overby Center announces fall schedule of programs

Posted on: August 24th, 2019 by ldrucker

The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi has announced its fall lineup of programs focusing on the future of journalism, politics and the upcoming election in Mississippi.

“This fall’s programs offer great conversations with and about nationally recognized experts,” said Charles Overby, chairman of the center. “The audience will also have an opportunity to join these conversations.”

Each event will take place in the Overby Center Auditorium at 555 Grove Loop. The programs are free and open to the public, and parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the auditorium. The schedule includes:


Walter E. Hussman Jr., a third-generation newspaperman who is the publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will discuss the future of news media and discuss his strategy of giving iPads to subscribers and other innovations to keep newspapers vibrant in the community. Hussman, who is president of his own media company, WEHCO, will talk with Charles Overby.

Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m. —THE BATTLE BETWEEN TRUMP AND THE PRESS 

Peter J. Boyer, a veteran political journalist and an Ole Miss alumnus who has extensively covered the evolution of American politics and analyzed the intersection of politics and the press, returns to campus for a conversation with Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie about the nasty relationship between the President and the news media.

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. — LOOKING AHEAD TO THE MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS 

Two veteran Mississippi political handlers, Austin Barbour, a Republican, and Brandon Jones, a Democrat, analyze the upcoming state elections, following up on their initial assessments in an Overby program last fall. They will be joined in the discussion by Overby and Wilkie.

Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. — THE FIGHT FOR PRESS FREEDOM 

David E. McCraw, the top newsroom lawyer for The New York Times who became a social media sensation with his response to the Trump campaign’s threat to sue the newspaper for libel, recounts his experiences at The Times during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations. McCraw, a vice president and assistant general counsel will talk about his new book, “Truth in Our Times,” and the struggle for press freedom in an age of alternative facts with Overby and Greg Brock, a retired Times editor who is now an Overby Fellow.

Wednesday, November 20, 5:30 p.m. — FANNIE LOU HAMER’S AMERICA 

The screening of a documentary about one of the most powerful voices of the civil rights movement, Mississippi’s legendary sharecropper and activist, the late Fannie Lou Hamer, will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Joy Elaine Davenport. Mrs. Hamer’s testimony as a Mississippi freedom Democrat at the 1964 Democratic Convention stirred the nation.

Overby Center’s election-year series kicks off with syndicated columnist

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 by

David Shribman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was the featured guest in the first of this fall’s election-year programs at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi on Friday, September 7.

A nationally syndicated columnist and a frequent analyst for BBC Radio, Shribman joined Charles Overby, chairman of the Overby Center, and Overby Fellows Bill Rose and Curtis Wilkie in a conversation about the 2012 presidential campaign and American politics in general. Overby, Rose and Wilkie covered national politics for years as journalists for major newspapers.

“David Shribman has distinguished himself for years with his thoughtful commentary,” said Wilkie, who worked with Shribman at the Boston Globe. “We covered campaigns together, and he’s one of the best.”

Shribman has followed national politics for more than 30 years. He began his career with The Buffalo Evening News and quickly moved from a city beat to become a member of the newspaper’s Washington bureau. He later joined the national staff of The Washington Star. After the Star ceased publication in 1981, Shribman covered American politics for The New York Times and then became a national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

He was hired as Washington bureau chief for the Boston Globe in 1993. While at the Globe, Shribman won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene.

In 2003, he became executive editor of the Post-Gazette. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, former Washington Post columnist Cindy Skrzycki, and their two daughters.

You can watch the full program here.

Charles Overby speaks to press convention

Posted on: June 28th, 2010 by

Remarks by Charles L. Overby, CEO, Newseum, Inc.2010 Tri-State Press Convention Tunica, Mississippi
June 25, 2010


It is a pleasure be back home in Mississippi and to be with newspaper friends from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

I am here today to tell you why I believe in the future of newspapers and why I believe you should too.

I will add one caveat to my optimism:  The future of newspapers depends on your charging for your news and information content, not giving it away on the internet.

Even though I spend most of my time in Washington at the Newseum, I keep up with what goes on in your three states by watching the front pages every day of some of your daily papers.