MISSOULA – Colette Derworiz, senior staff reporter at the Calgary Herald, will deliver the University of Montana School of Journalism’s Marjorie Nichols Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The lecture, titled “Canada’s Changing Climate,” focuses on the environment in southern Alberta, Canada, where Derworiz reported on wildlife, wildfires and water issues during her 17 years at the Herald. She won a National Newspaper Award for political reporting in 2005.
Associate Professor Henriette Lowisch, director of the graduate program in the UM School of Journalism, said the lecture’s subject matter is highly important.
“Canada just went through a change of government on the national as well as the provincial level, with potentially great ramifications for environmental policy,” Lowisch said. “I’m very excited to hear her speak; she’ll give us a close-up look on what changes to expect from the new governments north of the border in terms of the environment and natural resources.”
The lecture series is named for Marjorie Nichols, a 1966 graduate of the School of Journalism who distinguished herself in her native Canada by her widely read national political commentary. When she died of cancer in 1991 at age 44, she was one of Canada’s most influential journalists. UM awarded her its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988.
Founded in 1914, UM’s School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, to act ethically and to communicate effectively. The Radio Television Digital News Association recently named it the eighth best college journalism program in the country.
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