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HPU Hosts Presentation by Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Steve Sapienza

Posted on September 28, 2012.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 28, 2012 – Emmy award-winning journalist Steve Sapienza brought his Pulitzer Center reporting project, “Peru’s Gold Rush: Wealth and Woes,” to High Point University.

Through his collection of reporting for the Pulitzer Center and PBS NewsHour, Sapienza focused on how the global consumption of goods impacts precious resources and local people in Peru and Thailand. He also commented on labor violations and human trafficking in the Thai shrimp industry and the rising sea-level crisis in Bangladesh.

In addition to his presentation, Sapienza visited classrooms to speak to students and had dinner with selected students to share insight on being a journalist in today’s fast-paced environment.

Kevin Russell, a junior communication major, attended dinner with Sapienza. “I learned a lot about what exactly it takes to succeed today as a journalist by being multi-faceted,” Russell says. “Sapienza stressed the importance of being able to write, shoot and edit on your own, which HPU is helping prepare me to do with convergent journalism.”

Editor-In-Chief of the Campus Chronicle Steven Haller, who attended the presentation, says, “Steve Sapienza’s presentation was very interesting because it gave me a look at topics I’ve never been exposed to. Being able to hear from someone who had a month to work on each report gave great insight to me as a deadline reporter because he had time to add quality that deadline reporting often lacks.”

Sapienza is a producer of news and documentary stories for television and online audiences. He is a veteran video journalist with more than 20 years of production experience. Most of his career has been dedicated to covering underreported stories from around the world.

HPU is one of three universities in the Triad and a growing network of more than a dozen universities and colleges across the country to join The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Campus Consortium. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, an innovative, award-winning nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to supporting independent international journalism.

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