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Oct. 2, 2000
OSWEGO -- Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard L. Stein will visit classes and campus newsrooms Oct. 17 to speak with students in Oswego State's journalism program. He will give a public talk at 2 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.
Stein is the editor of the Riverdale Press in the Bronx and the first person to participate in the Center for Community Journalism's Editor-in-Residence Program. His itinerary will take him to Park School of Journalism at Ithaca College and SUNY New Paltz as well as Oswego.
His visit is sponsored by the New York Press Association, which will host a public lecture and reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the formal lounge in Hewitt Union. Stein will discuss the importance of community journalism and its continuing role in the future of America.
In 1998, Stein received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Judging was based on a collection of his work addressing issues of importance to the Riverdale community, where he and his brother, Richard, continue to produce the newspaper founded by their father in 1950. Stein's winning editorials are on the Web at
In Riverdale, Stein uses his editorial voice to advocate for equality in education, civil rights and the environment. In 1989, after running an editorial defending the right to read the novel "The Satanic Verses," the Riverdale Press was firebombed.
In recognition of that stand against censorship, Richard and Bernard Stein received the First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for "exceptional efforts by individuals and institutions to preserve the rights of free speech and free press."
With Stein as editor, the Riverdale Press has received more than 350 state and national prizes for excellence and has been named the best community newspaper in New York state eight times and the best-written weekly of its size in the United States twice.
The National Newspaper Association twice bestowed its Herrick editorial award on Stein. He is the 1996 winner of the national Education Writers Association award for editorial writing. In 1986, the New York Press Association named Stein "Writer of the Year."
Stein is a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in literature. He continued his studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was active in the student, civil rights and anti-war movements. Before returning to Riverdale, he was part of a team of scholars editing Mark Twain's writing for publication by the University of California Press.
For information on Oswego State's first Editor-in-Residence Program, call the Center for Community Journalism at 312-5427.
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CONTACT: Jolene Hamil-Cole, 341-5427 or 312-5427; or John Hatcher, 312-5640 or 341-5640

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