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"What on Earth is Happening to Newspapers?"

October 20, 2010

If you're a writer, you've probably fantasized about what it would feel like to win a Pulitzer. Well, wonder no more, because Jim Simon'77 is here to tell you.

Simon, a 25-year veteran journalist and 1977 Beloit College graduate, will speak at Beloit College tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Auditorium of Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

Simon is assistant managing editor of the Seattle (Wash.) Times. He was on the Times team of journalists who received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in suburban Seattle, and the ensuing 40-hour manhunt for the suspect.

His talk at Beloit, "What On Earth Is Happening--or Will Happen--to Newspapers?" is free of charge and open to the public.

His work also has an international bent. He’s reported for the Times from Japan, Southeast Asia, Croatia, and Bosnia. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a reporter for United Press International in the Philippines, and as a journalism fellow in Indonesia and East Timor he was part of a team of journalists that helped rebuild the media in Aceh, Indonesia, following the tsunami. He has also taught journalism at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Simon’s visit to campus is sponsored by the Gayle and William Keefer Development Fund and the college’s journalism program. (Make sure to also check out a profile of Simon in the upcoming Beloit College Magazine.)