NEW YORK, NY - TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editors Anne and Richard Lee presented at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University Saturday.

Anne Lee’s presentation, “Sid Dorfman, New Jersey’s Patron of Journalists,” focused on Dorfman’s 79-year career as a working journalist. 

Known for his sports columns, Dorfman was the founder of Dorf Feature Service, which initially provided box scores for high school sports teams and grew its operations to provide New York/New Jersey news outlets, especially the Newark-based Star-Ledger, with a variety of products, including features on high school athletes, obituaries, TV, cinema and events listings, racetrack results, coverage of municipal meetings and local elections, and a series of weekly regionalized feature sections known as In the Towns.

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Richard Lee’s presentation, “Was Gary Hart Right? The Perils of Greater Transparency,” examined the effects of coverage of personal issues, which increased after the Miami Herald in 1987 decided to publish a story about Hart spending a weekend on a yacht with a woman who was not his wife. At the time Hart was seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

In his presentation, Lee explored the impact of increased coverage of personal issues on voter knowledge, the quality of candidates and the 2016 presidential election

The conference took place at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. It was co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.