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Welcome to the Beyond the
Sound Bite: Politics and
Public Affairs for TV seminar site.
Here you'll find a variety of resources
collected from this Western Knight Center seminar
that was held in Los Angeles September 26th to 28th. Many of the presentations, including video, are featured here, including articles about key sessions.


Cronkite praises winners but criticizes political coverage overall

Walter Cronkite smiled, joked and accepted a flood of compliments with his trademark grace at the awards banquet named after him. But in his speech, he made it clear that the overall state of journalism, and of the United States, is something that causes him fear and anxiety that borders on despair.

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Technological changes make core journalistic values even more important

It’s hardly a secret that technology and the audience’s ever-shorter attention span have changed, and are continuing to change, the way television news is produced and delivered, Western Knight Center keynote speaker George Lewis said.

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