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2005 State of the First Amendment program

Monday, July 11, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

WHAT: The love/hate relationship between Americans and the First Amendment has fueled much of the nation’s social and political progress over the centuries. With the news media accused of biased reporting from the right and left and high-profile scandals and errors making headlines, where does the nation stand on press freedom? Journalists and media experts examine issues raised in the “2005 State of the First Amendment” survey from the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center. This program is a cooperative effort of the Newseum, the First Amendment Center and the National Press Club.
WHO: Barbara Cochran, president, Radio-Television News Directors Association
Robert Cox, Media Bloggers Association
Ken Paulson, editor, USA TODAY
Matt Stearns, Washington correspondent, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star
Lee Thornton, Eaton Professor of Journalism, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
Gene Policinski, moderator, executive director, First Amendment Center
WHEN: Monday, July 11, 2005, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor
Washington, D.C.
(Two blocks from Metro Center)

Among the questions to be discussed:

How does the public’s declining confidence in the news media affect press freedom? How are journalists answering accusations of slanting coverage? How effectively do the news media cover the issues for a politically polarized public? How are new ways of disseminating information reshaping traditional journalism?

R.S.V.P.: This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please call 202/662-7501.


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