Scripps Howard Foundation hosts roundtable on media credibility

Wed, February 03, 1999 by Patty Cottingham

CINCINNATI, Ohio - A panel of distinguished media professionals will discuss the issue of media credibility during a national roundtable at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center on Saturday, Feb. 20.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 or by contacting the Aronoff at (513) 241-7469. The roundtable also can be seen live on the Internet starting at 7 p.m. (EST) at www.scripps.com/foundation.“In this day of high-speed, news feeding frenzies, the credibility of mainstream media is coming under increasing scrutiny, and perhaps for good reason,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the Foundation. “The lines separating mainstream newspapers from the grocery store tabloids have blurred; and there have been some embarrassing, high profile gaffes that are difficult to defend. The roundtable will provide an open forum for leaders of the industry to seriously and frankly discuss what some media critics say is a growing climate of distrust.”Roundtable participants include:Louis D. Boccardi, president and CEO of The Associated Press; Colleen Conant, executive editor and publisher of the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.; Clyde Gray, news anchor, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati; Karla Garrett Harshaw, editor, Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun; and Mike Jacobs, editor and vice president, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald.Other participants include, Jane E. Kirtley, executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Gregory L. Moore, managing editor, The Boston Globe; Mike Phillips, publisher, The Sun, Bremerton, Wash.; Larry Speakes, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan; and William G. Moll, president and general manager of WKRC-TV, Cincinnati.A videotape of the roundtable discussion will be made available to college and university schools of journalism, to libraries, and to organizations interested in media 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.