Reuters editor Alix Freedman to deliver Feb. 18 Convocation
In her presentation, “The Power of Facts in an Opinionated World,” Freedman will discuss her work to publish news free from bias.
Alix Freedman, one of the world’s most esteemed journalists and a global editor for ethics and standards at Reuters, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 18, from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in Skinner Chapel. In her presentation, “The Power of Facts in an Opinionated World,” she will discuss her work to publish news free from bias.
Freedman is the global editor for ethics and standards at Reuters. Under the Thomson Reuters “Trust Principles,” Reuters is pledged to preserving “independence, integrity and freedom from bias” in the news they gather and publish. Arguably, Reuters is the world’s least ideological major news organization, and Freedman is the watchdog making sure they retain that distinction. As a member of senior leadership group, she works closely with reporters and editors on major stories, final-reading many signature pieces, and holding all to the highest of journalistic standards.
A long-time leader of ethics training at The Wall Street Journal, Freedman oversaw ethics and standards of high-impact stories in the paper and on the Dow Jones newswires. She has spent much of her decorated career as a reporter, with a keen focus on topics that require unusual reporting skill, courage, and dedication, and that — in her hands — have produced stories of enormous resonance and enduring impact. In 1996, Freedman won a Pulitzer Prize for her extraordinary investigative reporting on the tobacco industry. She is the recipient of the 1999 George Polk Award for her series of stories on the use of quinacrine pellets to induce the chemical sterilization of women in developing countries.
Freedman received her B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University.
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