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AEJMC Newspaper Division
2005 Convention Panels

 
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The division program for the 2005 convention offers panel sessions on social issues such as the splintering media environment, professional issues such as journalist privilege and the ombudsman movement, and journalism skills in court reporting and basic grammar.

Two sessions focus on Latino media, including an off-site visit to a new Spanish language daily. See information below about reserving your spot for this tour.

Day-by-Day:

COURT-ING NEWS WORKSHOP SESSION:
Essentials for journalists and those
who teach them to cover the courts
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (pre-convention workshop)

Too few reporters covering court proceedings understand what they're covering. If reporters are confused, how can they adequately explain proceedings and results to a self-governing public? (Law and Newspaper divisions)
Moderating/Presiding: Penelope Summers, Northern Kentucky

The Charge: What We Have Been Doing -- Tom Schwartz, Ohio State

Judge's Direction: Conflicts Between Law and What Media Report; Shades of Gray vs. Black and White

Sentencing: Reporting Legal Processes Accurately, Fairly, Economically and Understandably -- Sherry Alexander, Loyola-New Orleans

TEACHING GRAMMAR TO JOURNALISM STUDENTS (Teaching panel)
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Journalism educators are pulling their hair out over students' lack of basic skills in grammar, usage, spelling and style. What's the solution? What has been tried, and what seems to be working? (Magazine and Newspaper divisions)

Moderating/Presiding: Jan Larson, Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Panelists:
   Don Ranly, Missouri
   Ann Auman, Hawaii
   Glen Bleske, California State, Chico
   Gerald Grow, Florida A&M

THE LATINO MEDIA (Mini-plenary PF&R panel session)
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

This mini-plen examines this boom in Hispanic print and electronic media. What forms are these media taking, how well are they performing financially, what impact are they having on communities, and how should journalism educators deal with these changes? (Mass Communication and Society, Newspaper, Media Management and Economics divisions, Community Journalism Interest Group)

Moderating/Presiding: Janet A. Bridges, Sam Houston State

Panelists:
   Federico Subervi, Texas at San Marcos
   Omar L. Gallaga, editor, ahora si Austin American-Statesman
   Edward Schumacher Matos, CEO, Rumbo papers
   Gilbert Bailon, Al Dia, Dallas Morning News
   Rosemary Scott, research director, San Antonio, Univision Radio
   Clara Rivas, Telemundo affiliate, San Antonio, TX
   Tino Duran, owner, LaPrensa, San Antonio, TX

Discussant: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Texas

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND:
A RETURN TO A PARTISAN PRESS?

(PF&R panel)
Thursday, Aug. 11, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

History books talk about the partisan press as a relic of the past. The recent election season felt like a time warp. As niche marketing challenges the norms of balance and objectivity, what will be the
impact on the news profession and on the democratic process? (Newspaper and magazine divisions)

Moderating/Presiding: David Abrahamson, Northwestern

Panelists:
   David Abrahamson, Northwestern
   Charlyne Berens, Nebraska-Lincoln
   Geneva Overholser, Missouri
   Evan Smith, Editor, Texas Monthly


CONVERGENCE AND THE NEWSROOM (Research panel)
Friday, Aug. 12, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Research on the convergence of news media is still new, but the scholarship by journalism, media management and comm tech researchers has grown. Panelists will discuss the latest research trends and theoretical approaches. (Newspaper and Media Management and Economics divisions)

Moderating/Presiding:
   Vincent F. Filak, Ball State
   Gracie Lawson-Borders, Kent State

Panelists:
   David Bulla, Iowa State
   Larry Dailey, Ball State
   Louisa Ha, Bowling Green State
   B. William Silcock, Arizona State
   Jane B. Singer, Iowa


DO REPORTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT SOURCES? (PF&R panel)

Friday, Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Recent court decisions have challenged the notion that journalists have the right to keep source identity to themselves. These cases have sparked hot public debate about the clash between the dueling necessities of press freedom and law enforcement investigation. (Newspaper and Law divisions)

Moderating/Presiding: Mike Farrell, Kentucky

The Twisted Legacy of Branzburg v. Hayes: Anthony Fargo, Indiana
The Journalist's Privilege: Alive and Kicking or on Life Support?: Robert Latham, attorney, Jackson Walker, Dallas, Houston
Confidential Sources and Professional Ethics: Roy Moore, Kentucky
Journalist's Privilege in Foreign and International Law: Kyu Ho Youm,
Oregon


LET'S RUMBO: OFF-SITE TOUR OF A SPANISH-LANGUAGE DAILY NEWSPAPER

Friday, Aug. 12, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moderating/Presiding: Robert Huesca, Trinity (Newspaper and Minorities
and Communication divisions)

Get a first-hand view of the challenges of reaching the increasingly important Spanish-language market. Participants will be taken by van to the newspaper Rumbo, which is five minutes away from the hotel. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. There are 21 slots open for Newspaper Division members (though more may become available).

To guarantee a spot, please contact program chair Wilson Lowrey at wlowrey@ua.edu.


NEWSPAPER DIVISION MEMBERS MEETING

Friday, Aug. 12, 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

All are invited – come get involved!


NEWS OMBUDSMEN: DO THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? (PF&R panel)
Saturday, Aug. 13, 11:45 am to 1:15 p.m.

Have these "reader representatives" improved news organization performance, or do they merely represent a PR gimmick? A panel of journalists and scholars will thrash it out. (Newspaper Division)

Moderating/Presiding: Paul Janensch, Quinnipiac

Panelists:
Neil Nemeth, Purdue, Calumet, author of "News Ombudsmen in North America: Assessing an Experiment in Social Responsibility"
Geneva Overholser, former ombudsman, The Washington Post, Missouri
Robert Rivard, executive editor, San Antonio Express-News

(rev. June 20)