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Respected editor featured at CSU Media Festival

September 7, 2011

Liz Spayde, a CSU alumna who once worked at the Rocky Mountain Collegian, will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Third Annual CSU Media Festival.

CSU alumna Liz Spayd, managing editor of the Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Third Annual CSU Media Festival. Elizabeth Spayd, the first female managing editor in the long history of the Washington Post, is the keynote speaker at the Third Annual CSU Media Festival, sponsored by CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.

The Friday festival includes a day-long gathering of journalists, media producers, and students to discuss a variety of topics, including sports television, branding, agricultural media, advertising, environmental and health reporting, radio, photography and the evolving field of journalism.

Also included is the 120th birthday celebration for the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student-run campus newspaper.

Long, successful career

Spayd, who graduated from CSU in 1981 with a degree in technical journalism, has spent the past 30 years working in the newspaper industry. She joined the Washington Post in 1988 as an assistant business editor and held various posts within the company before being named editor of, the newspaper’s online presence, in 2007.

Spayd, 50, was named managing editor in 2009 of the Post’s hard-news sections. Career highlights include managing the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. The Post won three other Pulitzers while Spayd worked on the national desk.

Alumna worked at the Collegian

“Liz Spayd arguably has one of the most important jobs in the entire field of journalism, which is especially critical in the arena of American politics,” said Greg Luft, chairman of CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. “It’s worth noting that her career started at the Rocky Mountain Collegian.” 

Spayd, who worked for the Collegian during her time at CSU, will deliver her keynote lecture, “Not Your Father’s Washington Post,” at 1 p.m. in the Behavioral Sciences Building, room 131.

Public invited to attend

All panels and events are free and open to the public.  All panel discussions will be held at CSU’s Lory Student Center.

For information, contact Greg Luft (970-491-1979 office, 970-219-9408 cell) or Joe Champ, (970 491-3286 office, 970-391-4938 cell).

Schedule of events:


Sports/Video/Stadium Entertainment

9 am to 10:15 am/Rooms 203 – 205

Keep your Lens on the Ball:  New Takes on Sports Television

Public Relations/Marketing/Advertising

9 am to 10:15 am/Rooms 213 – 215 

Branding to be Outstanding:  Identity in a “See” of Competition

Agricultural Communication/Publishing/Specialized Television and Websites

9 am to 10:15 am/Rooms 214 – 216

Crops, Cows, and Cowboys: Agricultural Media Stampedes into Prominence


 Online Communication/Media Relations/Marketing

10:30 am  to 11:45 am/Rooms 203 – 205

We’re all in Cyberspace, Now What?  Advertising, Marketing and Online Promotion

Science Communication/Nature Television/Nonfiction Writing

10:30 am to 11:45 am/Rooms 213 – 215     

Communicating about the Environment in a Sometimes Skeptical Political Ecosystem

Health Communication/Media Campaigns

10:30 am  to 11:45 am/Rooms 214 – 216

Just what the Doctor Ordered: Messages for Better Health

11:45 am to 12:45 pm - Lunch

East Ballroom: For panelists, registered guests and faculty and press.



1 pm – 2 pm:  Behavioral Sciences room 131

Keynote Lecture:  Not Your Father’s Washington Post

-Welcome:  Ann Gill, Dean, College of Liberal Arts

-Introduction:  Mitch Jelniker, Anchor, KMGH-7 News

-Special Guest: Washington Post Managing Editor Elizabeth “Liz” Spayd, '81, takes us inside the Washington Post to illustrate effects of the media revolution on newsgathering, politics and what consumers read.


Radio DJ/Sports Announcing/Audio Production

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm/Room 203-205

Video Killed the Radio Star.  Good Thing Nobody Told These Guys

Online and Localized News/Feature Reporting/Video Journalism

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm/Rooms 213 – 215

That’s News to Me!  Journalism Changing, Expandingand Evolving

Photojournalism/Commercial Photography/Photo Publishing

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm/Rooms 214 – 216

Photos, Prints and People:  Thousands of Pictures Worth Millions of Words

Specialized Television/Cinema Style Video/Long Form Journalism

2:15 – 3:30 pm/East Ballroom

When More Isn’t Less: Long Form Specialty Television

Rocky Mountain Collegian 120th Birthday Celebration

Twelve Decades and Counting:  The Rocky Mountain Collegian Lives On

5:00 pm Collegian Birthday Cake and Reception, West Ballroom

6:30 pm Cammy Awards Ceremony       

Contact: Tony Phifer
Phone: (970) 491-7712