Here’s the program schedule for the Friday, April 11 Conference on Media and Democratic Governance at the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, 111 Washington St., Newark. The conference, which is a collaboration of the R-N School of Public Affairs and Administration, our SPJ chapter and the Center for Media and Peace Initatives, is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
9-9:30 a.m.: Registration and networking
9:30-9:40 a.m.: Welcome
9:40-11:00 a.m.– Panel 1: Bridgegate and open records. Panelists: John Reitmeyer, Trenton correspondent for The Bergen Record; Thomas MacLeod, New Jersey Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union; Professor Bernard Bell, Rutgers Law School; Felix Deat, doctoral candidate
11:00-12:20 p.m. — Panel 2: Covering Public Affairs in New Jersey: Sorting Fact from Spin. Panelists: Debbie Galant, director, New Jersey News Commons, Montclair State University; Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, city of Newark, NJ.; Joe Malinconico, award-winning reporter, The Paterson Press.
12:20-1:20 p.m. — Lunch and speaker: Richard Brodsky, former chair, New York State Assembly Committee on Authorities: “The Port Authority: Will is Survive? Should it Survive?”
1:30-2:50 p.m. — Panel 3: Sorting Fact from Spin Around the World. Panelists: Sunil Adam, editor, The Indian Times; Alex Ostashko, visiting Ukrainian journalist; Amelia Moore, host/producer UBC TV; Rudolph Okonkwo, syndicated columnist who writes about Nigeria.
3:00-4:00 p.m. — Speaker: Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations: “How the World Media Portrays Ukraine
4:00-4:30 — Reception