For Immediate Release: Is Trust in Journalists an Outdated Expectation? That is the question to be debated by local print and electronic journalists during a free town hall meeting at 6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 28th, at the 1912 Center in Moscow, 412 E. Third St. Open to the public, the meeting is co-sponsored by the Snake River Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the City of Moscow, the School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho, and the Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University.
Invited panelists include Lee Rozen, Managing Editor for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News; Steve Smith, Faculty at UI School of Journalism and Mass Media; Kelcie Moseley, UI Argonaut Editor; Gavin Mathis, WSU Daily Evergreen Editor, Kerry Swanson, NPR Station Manager; and, moderator, Becky Tallent, assistant professor, UI School of Journalism and Mass Media.
At 7 pm the 1912 Center will broadcast the debate between candidates Keith Allred, Ted Dunlap, Jana Kemp, C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Pro-Life for approximately one hour. After the debate, the panelists will offer a brief analysis regarding coverage of the event, answer questions about how journalists decide what to cover in an election, and what is important to know about how journalists work during election coverage. The audience will have an opportunity to present their questions to the panelists.
UI students will include a social networking aspect to the event, as well.
The Trust in Journalism Event is the result of a competitive grant the Snake River Pro Chapter received from the national SPJ organization. The focus is to bring the public and the press together to discuss journalism ethics and why they matter, especially in today’s whirlwind media climate. SPJ believes such dialogue is critical as the public deals daily with a variety of “news” that’s neither new nor newsworthy, which confuses audiences and makes it difficult for them to identify credible, reliable reporting.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its about 9000 members; inspires and educates current and future journalists through professional development; and protests First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.
Interview opp: Becky Tallent, 208-596-9507; Margo Aragon, 208-553-5548
Contact: Margo Aragon
Snake River Pro SPJ