Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust

Is the mainstream media in a death spiral? Can improving editorial quality and trust save…

Georgia (Aug 9, 2005) — Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust

Frances Weyand

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu


Is the mainstream media in a death spiral? Can improving editorial quality and trust save journalism? These questions will be under discussion at the Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust conference‚ Aug. 9‚ at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio‚ Texas.

Participating conference speakers include‚ Craig Newmark‚ founder of craigslist.com; Jay Rosen‚ chair of the New York University journalism school and one of the nation’s foremost media critics; Dan Gillmor‚ a former Silicon Valley columnist author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People‚ for the People;” Philip Meyer‚ author of “The Vanishing Newspaper;” Dori Maynard‚ president of the Maynard Institute‚ who will discuss the consequences of ignoring ethnic markets; David Gyimah‚ producer‚ journalist and senior lecturer at the University of Westminster in England; and Chris Nolen‚ one of a new breed of “stand−alone” journalists.

The conference is the centerpiece of a one−year Restoring the Trust project‚ which is designed to help journalists‚ academics and the public begin a change process to build greater trust between journalists and the public. The project is a direct response to the CBS/Dan Rather firestorm of criticism and the September 2004‚ Gallup Poll‚ which reported‚ “the news media’s credibility has declined significantly‚ with just 44 percent of Americans expressing confidence in the media’s ability to report news stories accurately and fairly.”

“Restoring the Trust” was developed by Leonard Witt‚ the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University‚ and Cole Campbell‚ dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada−Reno‚ in consultation with the PJNet and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Civic Journalism and Community Journalism interest groups. The project is underwritten in part by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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