by Tom Austen

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications joins the nation in celebrating the news Tuesday. It is hosting a student media symposium and welcoming a foreign freelance journalist as part of News Engagement Day – a nationally recognized day that encourages students to engage with all things news.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students and faculty can stop by various tables outside to hear from student media groups such as The Daily Orange, Citrus TV, Z89 and others. Syracuse SPJ will have its own table as well. Each will talk about their own organizations and the importance of keeping up with news.


At 7:30 p.m., award-winning foreign journalist Mike Hanna will speak in the Halmi Screening Room (Room 141) in Newhouse 3, across from the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. Hanna has previously served as CNN’s Jerusalem bureau chief and an Al Jazeera field correspondent. In his 30-year career he’s reported from all over the world, covering stories in Africa, the Balkans, Russia and most notably the Middle East. Expect a discussion on his career as a foreign reporter and a better understanding of the challenges that come with the job.


In its third year, the News Engagement Day mission continues. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) started it to fight a growing trend of public apathy towards news. By encouraging people to read, watch and even tweet news tomorrow, the AEJMC is hoping to get people to see the benefits in consuming news and informing themselves.

To see how others are engaging with the news, check out the AEJMC’s Pinterest page at For event updates, follow @SyracuseSPJ on twitter.