On April 14th, the University of Denver was lucky enough to host such a prominent and influential person in media. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, also known as “Lulu,” was on the Universities campus all day giving speeches about several different topics.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is most well-known for her trips to the Middle East in 2003 to be one of the few journalists to cover the actual invasion. She then continued her success by joining the famous National Public Radio. When working for NPR she was stationed in places like Baghdad, Mexico City, Jerusalem and then Brazil.
The speech I attended was based a lot around how traditional journalism is fading away. We also got to look at her latest and greatest project about the climate change problems in South America and around the world. You can check that out here.
The turnout for the speech went fairly well with around 50-70 people in attendance, all ranging from ages eighteen to seventy. Garcia Navarro was a great speaker, always able to keep the audience intrigued and on their feet with questions and curiosity. The
Much of the discussion was based around the criticisms of poor journalism around the world. Although she went on to point out the necessity for journalists to be the “watch dogs” of a group of people, or more specifically the government. Her type of writing and display style for her stories seem to be more geared towards younger generations since we are getting used to consuming news and information in easier and more effective ways.
Overall, the speech was very open to the audience for discussion. About half the audience were asking questions and responding to her statements. Through the audiences question, its is clear Garcia-Navarro is not your traditional journalist, but maybe one that more journalists will try to model themselves after. In turn, making journalism great again!