Guest Speaker

In Praise of Independent Journalism

McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series

The Free Press in America: Past & Present Challenges

Lecture by Presidential Historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Jon Meacham


Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 7 PM
Rowland Hall, 720 Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City
Open to the public and free of charge 

 

Renowned presidential historian Jon Meacham will discuss “The Free Press in America: Past & Present Challenges” at the 14th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, November 9, 2019. Winners of the 2019 Essay Competition held in conjunction with the Lecture will be announced.

The lecture, which is open to the public at no charge, will take place at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. Doors open at  6:00PM; the lecture begins at 7:00PM.

Meacham is a contributing writer to the “New York Times Book Review,” a contributing editor at “TIME,” and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose in-depth knowledge of politics, religion, and current affairs frames today’s issues and events within an historical context. 

Meacham is the #1 “New York Times” best-selling author of “Destiny and Power: the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” and “Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power.” Meacham’s latest book, “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation,” was written in collaboration with Tim McGraw.

A former executive editor at Random House and former editor of “Newsweek,” Meacham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.

Contact: Mary Kay Lazarus, mkl@mklpr.com, 801.328.8899

Essay Competition

Essay Competition 2019

FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12 AT SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, & UNIVERSITIES IN UTAH

In conjunction with the annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism, students in grades 6-12 and at colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate ) in Utah are invited to submit an original essay concerning freedom of the press. Categories and cash prizes are as follows:

University & college students: 1,000 word essay; cash prize of $4,000.00
Grades 9-12: 750-word essay: cash prize of $2,500.00
Grades 6- 8: 500-word essay; cash prize of $1,500.00

For more information: Mary Kay Lazarus. 801.328.8899. mkl@mklpr.com

2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Essay Competition. Thank you to all who entered. 

Winner Grades 6-8: Omar Alsolaiman, Rowland Hall, 8th grade
Winner Grades 9-12: Jonah Carlson, Davis High School (Kaysville), 12th grade
Winner University/College: Brianna Skaggs, University of Utah

Finalists listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Finalists Grades 6-8:
Aiden Gandhi, 7th grade, Rowland Hall
Clara Keller, 8th grade, Timberline Middle School
Giovanni Nuvan, 8th grade, Madeleine Choir School

Finalists Grades 9-12:
Caylee Caldwell, 12th grade, Highland High School
Hannah Ludington, 9th grade, Carbon High School
Kajal Ganesh, 12th grade, Rowland Hall

Finalists University/College:
Kiki Karahalios, University of Utah
Tatum Lovin, University of Utah
Whitney Bigelow, Brigham Young University

For Students in Grades 6-8

ESSAY QUESTION: UTAH STUDENTS GRADES 6-8

“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy. - Walter Cronkite

In an essay of no more than 500 words, (1) explain the meaning of this quote and (2) provide examples to support your explanation.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE - Friday September 27, 2019. Email a Word document, typed and double-spaced, to mkl@mklpr.com. All entries must include student’s name, phone number, email address and name and department of the university or college or name of the school and grade in which the student is currently enrolled. Essays may be submitted anytime prior to the September 27, 2019 deadline.  

The winning essayist in each category will be introduced and receive his/her cash prize at the 14th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 PM at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. The Lecture is open to the public at no charge. The winning essays will be printed in the evening’s program. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham will be the guest lecturer.

For Students in Grades 9-12

ESSAY QUESTION: UTAH STUDENTS GRADES 9-12

“Power can be very addictive. And it can be corrosive. And it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”
- George W. Bush, NBC Today February 2017

In an essay of no more than 750 words, (1) discuss this quote as it relates to the press in a democracy and (2) provide examples to support your position.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE - Friday September 27, 2019. Email a Word document, typed and double-spaced, to mkl@mklpr.com. All entries must include student’s name, phone number, email address and name and department of the university or college or name of the school and grade in which the student is currently enrolled. Essays may be submitted anytime prior to the September 27, 2019 deadline.  

The winning essayist in each category will be introduced and receive his/her cash prize at the 14th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 PM at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. The Lecture is open to the public at no charge. The winning essays will be printed in the evening’s program. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham will be the guest lecturer.

For Students at Utah Colleges and Universities

ESSAY QUESTION: STUDENTS AT UTAH COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” -Thomas Jefferson Paris 28 January 1786

In an essay of no more than 1000 words, (1) discuss this quote as it relates to to the challenges facing our democracy and (2) provide examples to support your position.

For more information: Mary Kay Lazarus. 801.328.8899. mkl@mklpr.com

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE - Friday September 27, 2019. Email a Word document, typed and double-spaced, to mkl@mklpr.com. All entries must include student’s name, phone number, email address and name and department of the university or college or name of the school and grade in which the student is currently enrolled. Essays may be submitted anytime prior to the September 27, 2019 deadline.  

The winning essayist in each category will be introduced and receive his/her cash prize at the 14th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 PM at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. The Lecture is open to the public at no charge. The winning essays will be printed in the evening’s program. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham will be the guest lecturer.

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