Spring Conference * March 2, 2012 * 9am-2pm
“Media Fairness in the 2012 Campaign”
CCU Beckman Center * 180 S. Garrison * Lakewood CO 80226
Keynoter * Cal Thomas * Columnist & Fox News Contributor
Tickets $50 including lunch * Register Now
Problem Statement: Journalism has been not only a messenger but also a combatant in every American presidential election in history, with the possible exception of those involving George Washington.
But this year, as Barack Obama seeks a second term and Republican candidates battle for the nomination to oppose him, new technologies and a newly polarized media climate raise the fairness question with particular urgency.
News in the 21st Century, a Centennial Institute project, invites members of the media to join students and faculty from across Colorado, along with interested citizens for a day of discussions on this vital issue.
What Should Voters Demand from the Media This Year?
Chairman: Jay Ambrose
Has Economic Illiteracy Poisoned Political Journalism?
Chairman: Stephen Keating
Spinning Us to Death: Earned Media, Paid Media, Social Media
Chairman: Chris Leland
Citizen Survival Skills to Master the 24/7 News Cycle
Chairman: John Andrews
Can the Fourth Estate Shoot Straight with Obama and His Challenger?
Speaker: Cal Thomas
End of March 2 Program Preview * Register Now
Overview of Fall Conference * Held Dec. 2, 2011
“Have the Media Failed America?”
Join us for an all-day conference looking critically at the role of a free press in a free society today, hosted by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
The problem statement and objectives are shown below. The luncheon keynote speaker is Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center in Washington, DC. He will speak on “How the Media are Failing America, and What We Can Do.”
We’re inviting members of the media and interested participants from the community, along with students and faculty from our own campus and from other colleges and universities throughout the state.
The conference is part of our newly established Project on News in the 21st Century, which also includes an academic course for CCU undergraduates.
Tickets for the luncheon with Brent Bozell are $25. Register Now.
For full conference registration, 9am to 4pm, at $75, call 303.963.3424.
A free society needs a free press to sustain it. This is the implicit logic of the First Amendment. Openness, debate, dissent, and the unfettered quest for truth are indispensable to liberty and self-government – and we rely on the media to facilitate these. With today’s new technologies and political polarization have come increasing concerns about media failure. If Americans are to be well served by news in the 21st century, what must citizens, media organizations, and educational institutions do better?
* Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the news industry today
* Help individuals become smarter news consumers
* Identify effective approaches for teaching media literacy
Tentative Conference Program:
HAVE THE MEDIA FAILED AMERICA?
A Centennial Institute Conference
Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 * 9am-430pm
Colorado Christian University * 180 S. Garrison St. * Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Morning Sessions – CCU Beckman Center
Welcome: Bill Armstrong, President, Colorado Christian University (About 9am)
1-Report Card: As a free society, are we being well or poorly served by the news media today?
Chairman: Jay Ambrose, Former Editor, Rocky Mountain News
Panelists: Patti Dennis, 9 News
Curtis Hubbard, Denver Post
Patricia Calhoun, Westword
Greg Schaller, Colorado Christian University
2- Debate: Are the media too liberal – or too conservative? (About 10am)
Chairman: Stephen Keating, Citizen Media
Advocates: Dan Caplis, KHOW Radio
Jason Bane, Western Resource Advocates
David Kopel, Independence Institute
Jason Salzman, BigMedia.org
3- Popular Demand: Are the media simply giving the public what they want? (About 11am)
Chairman: Wick Rowland, Colorado Public Television
Panelists: Mike Littwin, Denver Post
Todd Shepherd, Complete Colorado
Wayne Laugesen, Colorado Springs Gazette
James Landers, Colorado State University
Luncheon – CCU Dining Annex (About 12 noon)
4- Keynote Address: How the Media are Failing America, and What You Can Do (About 1230)
Speaker: Brent Bozell, Founder & President, Media Research Center
Afternoon Sessions – CCU Beckman Center
5- Campus Journalism: How well is it doing, for students’ benefit and as a training ground?
Chairman: Haley Littleton, CCU Student Editor of Veritas
Panelists: Alex Kronman, Colorado College Student Editor of The Catalyst
(Invited) Students Editors from CU, CSU, DU, Metro State
6- Preparing Citizens: How can colleges and universities better teach media literacy? (About 230pm)
Chairman: Chris Leland, Colorado Christian University
Panelists: Eric Sandstrom, Colorado Mesa University
(Invited) Shaun Schafer, Metro State * Janna Goodwin, Regis
7- Agenda: Here in Colorado, what media changes could advance the common good? (About 315pm)
Chairman: Stephen Keating, Citizen Media Inc.
Panelists: Wick Rowland, Jay Ambrose, Todd Shepherd, David Kopel
ADJOURN AT 4PM * SEE YOU AT THE SPRING CONFERENCE * MARCH 9, 2012