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Introducing Linfield University's inaugural

NW Media Fest

Nov. 9 and 11, 2022

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Nov. 9 and 11, 2022

NW Media Fest: Entertainment, News and Gaming

Linfield's inaugural NW Media Fest is a two-day celebration of the wide-ranging media universe. Events connect leading creators, writers and media personalities with the Linfield community and the Northwest. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Cindy (Macho) ’81 and Neville Johnson, for helping make the NW Media Fest possible!

Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

2022 schedule of events

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Journalism Day presented by the Bladine Family

  • *10:30 a.m. "Telling the Story of the Biggest Art Heist in U.S. History" in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Kurkjian shares his experiences and process of writing "Master Thieves," the definitive book on the largest art heist in U.S. history. 
  • 12 p.m. "Media and Democracy: A Post-Election Review" in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library: Join Therese Bottomly, editor and vice president of content for The Oregonian/OregonLive, in an analysis and debrief of the previous night's election cycle and role that media plays in ensuring democracy in America.
  • *2:30 p.m. "On The Record: How Public Records Help Journalists Tell Important Stories" in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library:  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Kurkjian and Therese Bottomly, editor and vice president of content for The Oregonian/OregonLive, discuss the roles and importance of public records requests. 
  • 7 p.m. "An Evening with Steve Kurkjian" in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall: Investigative journalist Steve Kurkjian shares insights into his 40-year media career, including writing "Master Thieves" about the largest art heist in U.S. history as a founding member of the Spotlight Team at The Boston Globe.

Friday, Nov. 11: Entertainment Day presented by Cindy (Macho) ’81 and Neville Johnson

  • 9 a.m. "Cooking Up Entertaining TV and Film" in Nicholson Library: Celebrity chef Susan Feniger and Liz Lachman, a filmmaker and composer, lead a lively discussion on creating content for TV and film, including Lachman's recent documentary on Feniger's recent foray back into the restaurant business.
  • 10 a.m. "Leading the Creative Work Life" in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library: Join filmmaker and composer Liz Lachman for a look at how to lead a successful work life in the creative arts. 
  • 11 a.m. "Succeeding as an Entrepreneur" in the Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library: Celebrity chef and restaurateur Susan Feniger provides insights into the practices and experiences that have made her successful in business. She currently owns and operates Border Grill restaurants, trucks and catering; BBQ Mexicana; Socalo; and Pacha Mamas.
  • *11 a.m. "Writing Seminar: Storytelling Tactics, Tips and Tricks" in the Nicholson Library Screening Room: Entertainment writers Liz Albl and Anne Toole share tips and tricks on writing for different types of media.
  • 12 p.m. "Writing Across Platforms: Gaming, TV and Comics" in Nicholson Library: Liz Albl and Anne Toole share their experiences writing for video game, TV and comics. Albl’s writing credits include the popular video games Assassin’s Creed and Ghosts of Tsushima. Toole has written for the Stargate SG-1 TV series as well as Assassin’s Creed: Curse of the Pharaohs video game.

*Exclusive event for Linfield community members only. Linfield ID is required for entry.