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Silberner to lecture on cancer in the developing world


Brookings S.D. (KELO AM) - Award-winning health journalist Joanne Silberner will address "Cancer in the Developing World" at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Volstorff Ballroom of the University Student Union at South Dakota State University. The lecture, which covers her award-winning work documenting cancer, is open to the public.Silberner is a freelance multimedia reporter and an artist-in-residence at the University of Washington. For 18 years, she covered health policy, global health and other health-related issues for NPR. In 2013, she received the following recognitions:

  • European School of Oncology's Best Cancer Reporter Award for her radio series on cancer in the developing world broadcast on PRI's "The World" and published on the BBC website.
  • Communication Award from The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine for her radio series on cancer in the developing world.
  • Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Science Reporting administered by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing for both her coverage of health policy for NPR and radio series on neglected tropical diseases in developing countries.

With a bachelor's degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University, Silberner was awarded a one-year fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health and in 2009 received a Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.This lecture is organized through SDSU's recent partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and through its Campus Consortium initiative, which consists of nearly 25 universities.

The consortium facilitates multiday on-campus visits involving Pulitzer Center staff and journalists.The Pulitzer Center also provides one international reporting fellowship for an SDSU journalism student to cover an underreported issue anywhere in the world. Jamie Walsh, an online graduate student from California, has been selected for the 2014 Pulitzer fellowship.

She will report on health and obesity issues in the United Kingdom this summer.In addition to her lecture, Silberner will speak in classes, work with students interested in reporting on international issues and participate in a Continuing Medical Education (CME) session at the Brookings Hospital.The Fillbrandt Forum of the SDSU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the South Dakota World Affairs Council, SDSU's Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs and the Pulitzer Center are sponsoring this event. The Fillbrandt Forum is sponsored through an endowment by Marian and Casey Fillbrandt to the SDSU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Casey Fillbrandt was the first general manager of the South Dakota Newspaper Association.The Pulitzer Center is an innovative, award-winning, nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The center's educational initiatives provide students with fresh reporting from around the world, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.