Shorthand-for-journalistic-disgrace Jayson Blair will be delivering the featured address at Washington and Lee University’s Journalism Ethics Institute next Friday, Oct. 30.
Washington and Lee’s Edward Wasserman, Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics, called the selection “definitely a departure for us.” He explained:
When I approached him with the invitation, he said that although he has not spoken publicly about the affair that led to his dismissal from The New York Times, this might be the right time and right occasion. My expectation is that he’ll talk not just about his own susceptibilities, but about the pressures and temptations that might induce ambitious and talented young journalists elsewhere in the business to do the wrong thing.
Blair’s talk will be called “Lessons Learned.”