Kean Students Hear Veteran Journalist

March 19, 2014

Daily journalism may have changed utterly in the last 20 years, but it continues to offer opportunities to bring about social change. That’s the message Dr. Robert Miraldi delivered to about 50 Kean University students on March 19 at a special lecture in Kean Hall.

Dr. Miraldi, a professor of journalism at SUNY-New Paltz who was a newspaper reporter for a decade on Staten Island, was upbeat about job prospects in the new digital media landscape. While traditional jobs on newspapers might be hard to come by, he noted, there were new opportunities for web-based reporting on everything from politics to sports.

Dr. Miraldi also regaled the students with stories about the legendary investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, who is the subject of Dr. Miraldi’s new book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist. Dr. Miraldi called Hersh one of the great journalists in American history, although he noted that Hersh “broke every rule” governing journalistic ethics. “Still, he got stories that exposed the truth about everything from Vietnam to the use of torture by Americans in Iraq.”

Named as one of the nation’s top journalism educators, Dr. Miraldi began his career as a sportswriter for the Staten Island Advance in the early 1970s. He later moved to news reporting, and won several awards in the late 1970s and early 1980s for his investigative journalism.

Dr. Miraldi’s lecture was sponsored by the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy.