Eastern Michigan University alumnus and award-winning journalist Nathan Bomey and associate professor of journalism at EMU, You Li, will host a conversation about careers in public service and journalism on Monday, Oct. 3.
The pair will also show Bomey's award-winning documentary, which is called “Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit” which will be shown in the Student Center Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while the discussion will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Strong Hall in room 201.
The discussion will be about how Bomey navigated his way through college and his career in journalism. The main goal is to help inspire students and offer information to those who want to prepare for work in the journalism field.
Bomey is a business reporter as well as an author and a documentary scriptwriter. He was a USA Today reporter covering the auto industry, retail, bankruptcy and misinformation, as well as a reporter for AnnArbor.com and his hometown newspaper in Saline.
"I want students to feel inspired and have faith in the education that is offered at EMU, particularly from our journalism program and many other solid programs on campus," Li said. "I want my students to have a role model and know that they can still be successful if they put in the diligent work and are dedicated to their career and professional development."
Bomey also does podcasting and appearances on national television. He wrote a book about Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy, "Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back" and is currently a business reporter for USA Today. His skills and responsibilities include shooting, editing, and anchoring video reports, recording podcasts, and giving radio interviews. He monitors web metrics and maintains an active social media presence, especially on Twitter.
For students who cannot attend the event in-person, registration is available for the Zoom livestream.