Social Work LIVE: Noah Phillips & Ali Swenson on Social Work and Journalism

April 9, 2019 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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About the Event

In this week’s episode of Social Work LIVE, Professor Michael Friedman (bio) talks to Noah Phillips (bio), CSSW’19, and Ali Swenson (bio), CJS’19, about the relationship between social work and journalism. Although social workers tend not to engage with journalists, the two fields actually have much in common insofar as both focus on the stories of individuals and communities. While social workers help people to improve their situations and take hold of their lives, journalists bring people’s stories to the public. How can the two groups collaborate more closely?

About the Guests

Noah Phillips (bio), MSW’19, has interests in mental health and mental health policy, forced displacement, and trauma. He is also a published journalist and illustrator. During his time at Columbia, he founded the Media + Social Justice Collaborative, a student caucus that seeks to build relationships between social workers and journalists in New York City.

Ali Swenson (bio) will also graduate from Columbia University in 2019, with a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism, with coursework in feature storytelling, radio production, investigative techniques, mental health reporting and local beat reporting. A native of Seattle with an undergraduate degree in psychology, she has written for several publications including the Los Angeles Times. This summer you will find her at the East Region desk of the Associated Press in New York City.

About the Host

Michael Friedman is a social worker with over fifty years of experience in mental health and public policy. He has chaired, founded, or directed numerous city and state agencies and published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and essays, including a parody, The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas. Since retiring he has continued to teach at the Columbia School of Social Work and to write about mental health, aging, and other topics at and in a column for MedPageToday. He is also a semi-professional photographer and jazz pianist.


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