Penn State Forum: Eric Hegedus, President, National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association

"Out in the Newsroom: How Gay Journalists are Bringing Fairness and Accuracy to Coverage of LGBT issues" Eric Hegedus is the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association's (NLBJA's) National President. He is a page designer for the NewYork Post, a position he has held since August 2005. Before that, Eric was a page designer for The Philadelphia Inquirer for three years. Previously, he was a photo editor at The Inquirer, working for the sports, news and features departments, as well as the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he was a photo editor and award-winning staff photographer at several Gannett Co. newspapers in Upstate New York, including The Ithaca Journal and the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. A 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was a photo editor and staff photographer for the university's Daily Collegian newspaper, Hegedus began his photojournalism career as a photographer for the former Bethlehem, PA, Globe-Times. Over the years, he has also shot assignments for various news organizations, including The New York Times, The Associated Press and USA Today. Hegedus would like NLGJA to become increasingly more effective as an organization that helps journalists with issues, peer-to-peer, before stories are published or broadcast. He also aspires for NLGJA to be recognized in the journalism industry as