Scripps Howard Foundation hosts National Roundtable

Wed, February 04, 1998 by Patty Cottingham

CINCINNATI, Ohio - A panel of distinguished media professionals will discuss the issue of privacy in modern society during a national roundtable at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center on Saturday, Feb. 14.The National Roundtable, sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and moderated by newswoman Judy Woodruff of the Cable News Network, is open to the public, free of charge. Tickets are required for admission and may be obtained from the Aronoff Center box office. "The perception that our personal privacy is diminishing is troubling to many citizens," said Judy Clabes, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "We live in a high-speed world that is having a profound impact on how the media, of all disciplines, gathers and reports news."That, in turn, has had a profound impact on the reasonable expectations of public and private figures to some semblance of privacy in their lives. The roundtable will be an opportunity for reasoned discussion and for a search for answers to the problem."Roundtable participants include Louis D. Boccardi, president and CEO of The Associated Press; Ann Lewis, assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Communications; Nick Clooney, veteran television and newspaper journalist, now a columnist for The Cincinnati Post; Thomas Greer, vice president and senior editor of the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer; Angus McEachran, editor and president of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis; Robert W. Burdick, editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver; and Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of the Atlanta Constitution.A video tape of the roundtable discussion will be distributed to college and university schools of journalism, to libraries, and to organizations interested in privacy issues.Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development, and First Amendment causes. The American Press Institute is producing the roundtable for the foundation.