Preview Forum: “The News We Need: Finding Balance in an Age of Spin”

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April 28, 2005
RECEPTION: 5 pm – FORUM: 6 to 8 pm
Fondren Hall – Scarritt-Bennett Center

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public

Fifty years ago, paperboys (and some girls) delivered newspapers to stoops and front porches across the nation. Weeknights, many Americans tuned int to one of three network broadcasts. But three decades of explosive change in media technology have created tens of thousands of news outlets. So…where do you get YOUR news from: Fox, NPR, the local paper, your cable access channel, a Web log or blog? Or do you patch it together your news from different sources?

On April 28, 2005, we invite YOU to particiapte in a NEW DIALOGUE AND MEDIA PROJECT that brings together journalists and the community they cover to dialogue about the the news we need. The topics discussed will relate to WHAT NEWS REPORTERS NEEDN FROM THE COMMUNITY andWHAT NEWS YOU NEED in your everyday here, in Nashville. Participants will screen excerpts from the recently released feature film, “Control Room”, as well as excerpts from the movie “Blogumentary” and several television programs: Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, Flashpoints: Media Today: Truth or Lies?, Media Matters: Welcome to the Blogosphere, and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.

Preview Forum is a national intitiative which is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Scarritt-Bennett Center is located at 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Directions can be found at www.scarrittbennett.org. Parking can be found off of 18th Ave. South in the Laskey lot.

Gene Policinski, Executive Director at the First Amendment Center, will be moderating the forum. The event will open with a reception at 5 pm. From 6 pm to 6:30 pm there will be a general session for all attendees who will then break into small dialogue groups. Journalists will be spread out evenly in these groups. Around 7:30 pm all will reconvene for closing and end at 8 pm.

Please RSVP, if possible, to Kim Johnson, Director of Cultural Education at Scarritt-Bennett Center at (615) 340-7450 or email at kjohnson@scarrittbennett.org, or Diana Holland, Hispanic Link Consulting, at (615) 889-3390 or email at diana@hispaniclinkconsulting.com.

For more information on Preview Forums go to www.previewforum.com.