Journalism Program Hosts Three Professionals at Annual Forum

The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Sielski, Naila Francis of Calkins Media, and Mike Rushton of to speak April 11.


Bucks County Community College’s journalism program and its award-winning Centurion student newspaper invite the public to its 14th annual Journalism Forum, Thursday, April 11, when three professional journalists present “Working Journalists Talk About Their Careers.” Admission is free.

The forum will be presented as two workshops in the Centurion newsroom, located in room 127 of the Rollins Center on the Newtown campus. This will give both students and the general public a chance to interact with journalists in their own professional environment. The workshops will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The workshops will feature:

Mike Sielski (left), who joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter in March 2010. There, he has covered pro baseball, football and hockey. An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he was formerly the sports columnist for Calkins Media, a newspaper chain in suburban Philadelphia. Sielski is also the author of two books, including Fading Echoes: A True Story of Rivalry and Brotherhood from the Football Field to the Fields of Honor. He lives in Bucks County with his wife and son.

Naila Francis (right), an award-winning feature writer for Calkins Media, publishers of three Philadelphia area daily newspapers: The Intelligencer, the Bucks County Courier Times and the Burlington County Times. She covers arts and entertainment for all three papers, with an emphasis on music and theater, and has interviewed a range of prominent and emerging artists over the years, including James Earl Jones, India.Arie, Audra McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, and Tim Robbins, to name a few. She also writes about health, lifestyle and fashion trends. Her biweekly column, “Life in LaLa Land,” chronicles her own journey through the world with candor, humor and vulnerability.

Mike Rushton (left), an editor at, who covered the 2012 Olympics last summer in London. Rushton is a graduate of Pennsbury High School and Bucks County Community College, where he majored in journalism. During his time there, he was part of the Centurion as a staff writer and editor. He also served as an intern at the Bucks County Courier Times. After graduating from BCCC with an associate degree, Rushton received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University. Rushton joined The Sports Network, a sports wire service located in Hatboro, as a staff writer before eventually taking on a position as a contributing editor. Under his current role, he is responsible for writing daily game previews as well as season previews for the NFL,MLB,NHL and NBA. Rushton also authors a biweekly column that is syndicated across the country.

The Journalism Forum is a way to educate the public while showcasing the two-year associate degree journalism program at Bucks County Community College. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940.  For more information, visit, e-mail, or call Professor Tony Rogers at 215-968-8165.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations