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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…

  • Breaking the Watergate Story
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    Breaking the Watergate Story

    Ms. Graham talked about her perspective on Watergate during a symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the Watergate burglary which lead to the resignation of President Nixon. She talked about…

  • Bob Woodward on emThe Secret Man the Story of Watergates Deep Throatem
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    The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat

    Bob Woodward talked about his book The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat, published by Simon and Schuster. Former assistant director of the FBI Mark Felt recently revealed that he was Deep…

  • 1968 and the Johnson Presidency
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    1968 and the Johnson Presidency

    Panel members discussed the Johnson presidency, and its legacy. They focused on how negative journalism affected his presidency, and whether his decision not to run for a second term was a…

  • 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…

  • Journalism Careers
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    Journalism Careers

    As part of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Conference Program, Mr. Kravitz will speak to high school seniors about making a difference through journalism. Among the topics he…

  • Al Neuharth Award Dinner
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    Al Neuharth Award Dinner

    Mr. Hewitt received the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism. He spoke about his career in journalism, his experiences as director of “60 Minutes,” and the changing nature of…

  • Watergates Effect on Journalism
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    Watergate's Effect on Journalism

    Panelists discussed how Watergate changed the way journalists cover news events, especially investigative journalists. They examined the positive and negative impact of Watergate, including the more…

  • World Press Freedom Day
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    World Press Freedom Day

    Participants honored journalists who died while reporting the news as they marked World Press Freedom Day. Fifty-one journalists died during the year including seven in a one-week period in…

  • emLIFE Century of Changeem
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    LIFE: Century of Change

    Richard Stolley discussed his new book LIFE: A Century of Change, America in Pictures 1900-2000, published by Little, Brown and Company. The book contains 721 photos and thematically…

  • emAlistair Cooke A Biographyem
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    Alistair Cooke: A Biography

    Nick Clarke talked about his book Alistair Cooke: A Biography, published by Arcade Publishing. The book is the first authorized biography of the BBC journalist and host of Masterpiece…

  • Robert F Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards
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    Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards

    Ms. Hargrove accepted the 19th annual Robert F. Kennedy Print award and Mr. Christianson accepted an award for his book With Liberty for Some. Representative Lewis accepted an award for his…

  • Al Neuharth Roast
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    Al Neuharth Roast

    On his 75th birthday, AL Neuharth was roasted by politicians and members of the communications industry.

  • Free Speech Issues and the Internet
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    Free Speech Issues and the Internet

    Mr. Godwin talked about the inherent conflict between freedom of speech and privacy when using the Internet. Among the issues discussed were the types of personal information available on…

  • 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…

  • The Internet and the First Amendment
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    The Internet and the First Amendment

    Participants talked about the growth and commercialization of the Internet and how freedom of speech affects the content of Internet communication. Among the topics addressed were the…

  • First Amendment and Student Journalism
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    First Amendment and Student Journalism

    Participants discussed student journalism and the extent that institutions should impose some amount of censorship or provide editorial guidance in the publication of school papers. After…

  • emBreaking Newsem
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    Breaking News

    Mr. MacNeil talked about his book Breaking News, a fictional account of the television news industry, focusing on a network anchorman and his conflicts with the changing customs and habits…

  • Digital Television and the News
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    Digital Television and the News

    Panelists discussed the effect digital television will have on the presentation of news. Executives from PBS and the National Association of Broadcasters talked about the impact of digital…

  • Media Breakfast
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    Media Breakfast

    Mr. Giles moderated a panel discussion concerning the Operation Tailwind report. The panelists talked about the report and how it reflects on journalism. Following their discussion,…

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