The Three Rules of Journalism

1 p.m. Thursday

The three rules of real estate are location, location, location. The three rules of journalism need a few more words to explain. Jeff Light, the editor and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, will break them down for you and help you figure out where the news business is headed so you can find your place in it and thrive.

Jeff Light grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., where his father was editor of the local newspaper.

Over the last three decades, he has worked for newspapers and their Web sites. He has been an editor, a reporter, an intern, even a “hopper” – the person who throws the bundles of papers from the delivery trucks in the dead of night.

He believes that journalism is one of society’s greatest callings. That is to say, he feels it is one of the best things a person can do with his or her life.

Light holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated first in his class.

He started as a newspaper reporter in Syracuse, N.Y., in the early ‘80s. He was deputy editor, then vice president for interactive publishing at the Orange County Register, where he worked from 1993 to 2010.

As a newspaper journalist, he was a member of a Pulitzer-Prize winning staff in 1996, and led project teams that were Pulitzer finalists in both 2004 and 2005. In the interactive business, he led the growth of the Register’s news site, whose traffic doubled in just over two years, and helped to develop internet strategy for Freedom Communications.

He joined The San Diego Union-Tribune as editor and vice president in March 2010 as part of Platinum Equity’s turn-around team for California’s second-largest newspaper. He helped to reinvent the company, redesigning its print and digital products and refocusing the newsroom around a digital-first strategy while embracing the diversity, creativity and intelligence of the community.

He served as president and chief operating officer from January through May of 2015, when the company was sold to Tribune Publishing.

In March 2016 he was promoted to the dual role of publisher and editor-in-chief.

Major Garrett regretfully cancelled. He will be in Vietnam covering the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


The Roads Most Traveled – Causes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration

11 a.m. Friday

Pulitzer Prize photojournalist Don Bartletti will show and discuss how and why for the past 40 years he covered what has lately become one of America’s most politically charged topics.  Every photograph and anecdote reveals the moral, ethical and aesthetic challenges encountered while photographing people immersed in life-changing circumstances.  His compelling descriptions of carefully researched long-range photo essays and split-second breaking news decisions will inform and motivate anyone who aspires to journalism’s highest purpose.

Don Bartletti retired in late 2015 after a 32-year career at the Los Angeles Times and a combined 10 years prior to that at the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Oceanside Blade- Tribune and The Vista Press.  News and feature assignments have taken him across the U.S. and to 32 countries around the world.  He was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his 6-part photo essay, Enrique’s Journey, published in the Los Angeles Times.  His archive of photographs about migration has been exhibited at dozens of museums and public venues.  He has lectured at hundreds of high schools, colleges, universities and civic organizations in the U.S and Mexico.  Bartletti has made his home in North San Diego County for 58 years, is married and has 4 grandsons.  

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In the Midst of Tragedy

3:30 p.m. Saturday

Starting with the Borderline Mass Shooting and ending with the Woolsey Fire, Pepperdine University student journalists spent three full days covering breaking news. A victim of the mass shooting was a Pepperdine student and the massive wildfire burned much of their surrounding community and campus. In the face of so much loss and destruction, these journalists covered the breaking news and then produced a special edition that has been warmly received.