Overview

Each fall, the Diederich College of Communication will convene a conference that presents the work and research done by our O’Brien Fellows and associated students the previous academic year at Marquette University. During 2012–13, Diederich Fellow Meg Kissinger, an award-winning journalist at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, spent a year reporting on Milwaukee County’s mental health system. Aided by Marquette faculty and students, Kissinger’s work led to the heralded Journal Sentinel series “Chronic Crisis: A System That Doesn’t Heal.”

“Chronic Crisis” demonstrated that the county’s mental health system focuses less on continual care and more on emergency treatment than any in the nation. This inaugural O’Brien Fellowship conference convened people affected by or responsible for the system in an attempt to seek solutions for providing patients the best possible care. It also deconstructed how this kind of world-class journalism gets done.


2013 agenda


Thursday, October 10

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Opening Program: Solutions Journalism
Johnston Hall, jPad

Moderator:
Aaron Maybin
, junior journalism major, Diederich College of Communication; news director, Marquette University Television

Panelists:

David Bornstein, co-author of the "Fixes" column for The New York Times and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network; books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs To Know
Tina Rosenberg, co-author of the "Fixes" column for The New York Times and contributing writer to The Times Sunday magazine; books include Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World
George Stanley, vice president and managing editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times and 2013–14 O'Brien Fellow
Meg Kissinger, investigative reporter for health and welfare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Friday, October 11

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites
Session I — Chronic CRISIS: What Brought Us Here Today

Presenter: Meg Kissinger, investigative reporter for health and welfare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Session II — Getting Personal: One Mother's Struggle

Moderator:
Herbert Lowe, professional in residence and director of journalism for social change, Diederich College of Communication

Panelists:

Meg Kissinger, investigative reporter for health and welfare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Debbie Sweeney, Milwaukee County mother seeking care for her mentally ill 25-year-old son


Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch
Johnston Hall, jPad


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Johnston Hall, Room 103
Roundtable — No Excuses: Who Can Do Something About This?

Moderator:
Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times
Panelists:
Chris Abele, Milwaukee County executive
Hon. Jane Carroll, presiding judge — probate division, First Judicial Administrative District
Mary Neubauer, co-chairwoman, Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force
Thomas Reed, First Assistant Wisconsin State Public Defender
Ryan Spellecy, Ph.D., associate professor of bioethics and medical humanities and of psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin
Brenda Wesley, outreach coordinator, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Milwaukee


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session III — Deconstruction: How Does This Journalism Get Told?

Moderator:
David Bornstein, The New York Times

Panelists:

Greg Borowski, assistant managing editor for projects and investigations, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Meg Kissinger, investigative reporter for health and welfare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kayla Parker, graduate student and teaching assistant, Diederich College of Communication
Edgar Mendez, graduate assistant, Diederich College of Communication
Stephanie Graham, junior journalism major, Diederich College of Communication
Alexandra Whittaker, junior journalism major, Diederich College of Communication


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Session IV — Reflections: What Could This Lead To?

Moderator:
Lori Bergen, Ph.D., dean, Diederich College of Communication

Panelists:

Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times and 2013–14 O’Brien Fellow
Daniel Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 2013–14 O’Brien Fellow
Lillian Thomas, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 2013–14 O’Brien Fellow


Registration

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Johnston Hall

Contact

  • Diederich College of Communication
  • 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave
  • Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • Main office: (414) 288-7133
  • Herbert Lowe, Director: (414) 288-4068