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Investigative reporter Eric Schlosser to speak about "sleazy state of affairs in the media"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eric Schlosser, an award-winning investigative reporter whose work regularly appears in major national magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and U.S. News & World Report, will speak at the University of Iowa Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Schlosser's speech is the keynote address at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication's annual Fourth Estate Awards Banquet. His presentation, "Good News/Bad News: The Future of American Journalism," will address, "the current low, base, and sleazy state of affairs in the media."

Schlosser's reporting has brought attention to important neglected stories and has won him several national awards. His 1994 two-part series in The Atlantic, "Reefer Madness," which showed that petty marijuana users and small dealers were languishing in prison under draconian federal drug sentencing laws won the National Magazine Award for reporting. In 1995 Schlosser was a finalist for the same award for his article, "In The Strawberry Fields," about the plight of migrant laborers in California's strawberry fields.

Following Schlosser's speech, approximately $80,000 in scholarships and awards will be announced and distributed to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information, contact the School of Journalism at (319) 335-3486.

3/18/98