March 30, 2009
Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Director of Communications and Marketing, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA ADVISORY: UCO-HOSTED MEDIA ETHICS CONFERENCE TACKLES THE REINVENTION OF AMERICA'S NEWS BUISNESS
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 1-2
WHERE: Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center, UCO campus
WHAT: The University of Central Oklahoma will host the 2009 Media Ethics Conference, "The Press in Crisis - Reinventing America's News Business," April 1-2, with featured speaker Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Mitchell will present the Project's annual report - the State of the News Media 2008. The report makes national news each year with its summary of the status of American journalism, which, with recent closing and bankruptcies of major American newspapers, will mark a uniquely critical time for journalism.
Mitchell's report will serve as the basis for discussing ways to reinvigorate a struggling news industry throughout the conference. Following her presentation, panelists will discuss the kind of information the industry needs to deliver to a complex society and new ways to pay for it. The conference will conclude with audience breakout sessions to brainstorm new media systems.
The conference is sponsored by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the UCO Mass Communication Department.
The conference is free, with lunch available for $15 each day with advance registration. Participants may register for lunch by sending checks, payable to UCO, to Dr. Mark Hanebutt, Edith Kinney Gaylord Professor of Journalism Ethics, Mass Communication Dept., University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034.
For more information, call Hannebutt at (405) 974-5576.
INTERVIEW AND PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES
UCO Journalism professors and students
Photos/b-roll of conference presentations