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  • John Seigenthaler Sr 19272014
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    Two Generations of Journalism

    John Seigenthaler, anchor of the NBC Nightly News weekend edition, interviewed his father, an author and founder of the First Amendment Center. The elder Seigenthaler related his…

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    Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    Panelists commemorated the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Reagan on March 30, 1981. He was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., as he left a lunch-time event at the Washington Hilton hotel, becoming the…

  • Robert F Kennedys 1968 Campaign
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    Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Campaign

    Participants in Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination discussed the campaign. They spoke about campaign experiences, Kennedy’s message to the American…

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda
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    Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda

    Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy spoke about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda in the 112th Congress. Among the committee’s priorities were tax fraud and patent reform, job…

  • Media Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
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    Media Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

    Newspaper and television reporters talked about news coverage Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding in New Orleans. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

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    My Paper Chase Book Party

    Sir Harold Evans was shown attending a party at the British ambassador’s residence for the publication of his autobiography, My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times (Little, Brown and…

  • The Newseum and the Free Press
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    The Newseum and the Free Press

    Charles Overby talked about Washington’s newly re-opened Newseum and the latest free press issues. He also talked about how the Newseum ties together with the nonpartisan Freedom Forum’s…

  • Newseum Dedication Ceremony
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    Newseum Dedication Ceremony

    A dedication ceremony was held for the new Newseum facility in Washington, D.C. The ceremony in the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater included a performance by the U.S. Marine Band and…

  • Journalists Memorial Dedication
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    Journalists Memorial Dedication

    The Newseum dedicated the Journalists Memorial inside its new museum that honors 1,843 journalists from around the world who died or were killed in the pursuit of news stories. Special…

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    Breaking News

    Some of the contributors talked about their book, Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else. Reporters for the Associated Press recalled their…

  • Free Expression and Global Media
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    Free Expression and Global Media

    Mr. Rushdie spoke about free expression and freedom of the press. He discussed the problems he has encountered as a result of publishing his book, The Satanic Verses and announced that it…

  • 35th Anniversary Tribute Dinner
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    35th Anniversary Tribute Dinner

    The Close Up Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary and honored its founder and president, Steve Janger, who was retiring at the end of June 2005. Participants paid tribute to Mr.…

  • Close Up on CSPAN Anniversary
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    Close Up on C-SPAN Anniversary

    Close Up Foundation marked 25 years of its programs on C-SPAN. Founder Mr. Janger, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Milewski talked about the history of Close Up Foundation and C-SPAN, showing video clips…

  • Religious Liberty
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    Religious Liberty

    Former Chief Justice Burger spoke on “Religious Liberty: Crisis or Crossroads?” He described the changes he has observed in religion in the U.S., such as increased ecumenicity. He talked…

  • Media and Race Relations
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    Media and Race Relations

    Mr. Overby spoke about diversity in newsrooms, noting that less than 12 percent of media personnel were members of minority groups. Among the issues he addressed were improving recruiting…

  • Journalism Initiatives
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    Journalism Initiatives

    Following a tribute to the late cartoonist Charles Schultz, participants announced the creation of two endowments to support high school journalism and to recruit minority journalists.

  • Fairness in Reporting
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    Fairness in Reporting

    Mr. Overby discussed the importance of freedom of the press and also fairness in reporting. He discussed five aspects of fair reporting, accuracy, balance, completeness, detachment of…

  • 30th Anniversary of 60 Minutes
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    30th Anniversary of "60 Minutes"

    A panel of its editors and correspondents discussed the history of “60 Minutes,” the CBS news magazine debuted in September 1968. Mr. Hewitt was a creator of the program. The panelists also…

  • Journalists and the Internet
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    Journalists and the Internet

    This program includes the introduction and keynote speech by Mr. Case as he kicked off the seminar on how the Internet and technology have changed the workings of journalism. Mr. Case…

  • Media Accountability
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    Media Accountability

    At the dedication of a new building for the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York, Mr. Wallace spoke about the lack of public trust in the news media. He focused on the need for a body of…

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