UPDATE as of December 15, 2020:
Save the Date! The 2021 Murrow Symposium will take place virtually on March 30-31, 2021.
This year’s theme is “Power of Voice”. The human voice is a tool of great power and persuasion: it can stimulate joy, bring us to tears, express anger, and create empathy and understanding. Using our voice verbally, in print, or through machines is a way to express our unique style, personality, experience, and opinion. At their worst, our voices disseminate misinformation, disinformation, and hate. At their best, we can use our voices to break down systemic barriers and open doors that may have otherwise remained locked.
NBC’s Lester Holt will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and will deliver a keynote on March 30. Murrow alums Janie McCauley and Mark Wright will also be honored as Hall of Achievement Award recipients and will accept their awards on March 31. Stay tuned for more information regarding event times and streaming links.
Postponement Announcement – March 5, 2020:
In response to the growing concerns around COVID-19, including nonessential travel restrictions facing many of our honorees, speakers and guests, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the 45th Murrow Symposium, including the Lifetime Achievement Award keynote with Lester Holt, the Hall of Achievement induction ceremony, career fair, showcase and speaker sessions.
We did not make this decision lightly. We prioritize the health and safety of everyone who creates, supports and participates in this annual event. The Murrow Symposium offers our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community a unique opportunity to connect, network and share in our vision for the future of communication education and practice.
We recognize that the Murrow Symposium serves as a launchpad for our career-oriented students, offers crucial networking opportunities to our graduating seniors, and provides a platform for the university and surrounding community to hear from some of the most important leaders in journalism, advertising, and public relations.
We are overwhelmed by the positive response to this year’s lineup, from the Lester Holt keynote to over 30 sessions of panels and workshops, from our career fair to the new Creative and Scholarly Showcase. We intend to deliver aspects of this industry-leading content in the near future as we are committed to offering these connections, resources and experiences to the Murrow College community.
The Murrow Symposium Committee will share additional details of our plans for the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Hall of Achievement ceremony, career coaching, faculty showcase and speaker engagements in the coming weeks. Sign up here to have event updates emailed to you directly.
In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
Chairperson, Symposium Committee
Director, Marketing & Communications
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Washington State University