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Covering the Press: Ethics, Values and Social Issues

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April 21 - April 24, 2002
University of California, Berkeley/Graduate School of Journalism

"Covering the Press: Ethics, Values and Social Issues," focused on the concentration of media ownership and the implications of corporatization on traditional journalism ethics, values and the press' role as steward of the public interest. This seminar brought 15 journalism fellows together with high-ranking media executives, media analysts, media law experts, government officials, journalism educators, representatives from training organizations, as well as other experts who explored new models for covering the media in an age of media conglomeration. The seminar was launched with an address at the Walter Shorenstein Estate by Alex Jones, director, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy on "The Emergence of the Press in American History and Culture." Other topics included Ownership of the Media; Convergence and Cross Media Ownership; What the Media Writes About Itself; Covering Competitors; Magazines and Alternative Weeklies; Investigating the Media; What Do the Networks Owe the Public?; State of Local News; Entertainment and Personalities in Network News; and The Possibilities for Change.



What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I was most impressed with the structure of the program - how each speaker built on what we'd learned from the prior ones - and how together we saw all sides of issues I didn't realize were so complex (despite 20 years in the business). I know this will allow me to ask better questions, and isn't that what we all need to do better - ask the right questions and then listen."
- Kevin Carmody, Austin American-Statesman
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