Oswego to host top names at Media Summit

Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post editorThe college’s first Louis A. Borrelli Jr. Media Summit will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. A panel of national media figures will discuss “Why Don’t We Trust the News Media? How Can the News Media Recover Public Trust?”

Panelists will be Ben Bradlee (pictured), legendary editor of the Washington Post during Watergate; Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism; Kimberley A. Strassel, a senior editorial page writer for the Wall Street Journal; and David Folkenflik, who covers media for National Public Radio.

SUNY Oswego alumnus Ken Auletta, a media analyst and award-winning author, will moderate the panel. He has written the “Annals of Communications” column in New Yorker magazine since 1993. His 10 books include four national bestsellers such as “Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way” and “Backstory: Inside the Business of News.”

All seats for the free event are now taken. WRVO FM, the college’s National Public Radio affiliate, will air a tape-delayed broadcast of the summit at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a repeat at 7 p.m. Monday. In addition, C-SPAN will air the summit nationally on cable television on dates to be announced.

The media summit is the result of a $150,000 gift from Louis A. Borrelli Jr., a 1977 graduate of SUNY Oswego who is chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting. Borrelli oversees the worldwide leader in television production services and works with the Super Bowl, Olympics, NASCAR races, major awards shows and live televised concerts.

The purpose of the annual summits is to bring students into close contact with leaders in the media industry for high-level, cutting-edge debate about the significant challenges and opportunities facing this fast-changing industry. On the day of each media summit, the media professionals will teach classes and visit with students and faculty before the major afternoon summit meeting.

“Mr. Borrelli and Mr. Auletta have helped us assemble an impressive lineup for our first program,” said Jerry Condra, director of the media summit and assistant professor of communication studies at Oswego. “Our students are sure to have some memorable experiences interacting with these top-notch media professionals.”

As managing editor and then executive editor of the Washington Post from 1965 to 1991, Bradlee challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and became famous for overseeing the publication of Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s stories documenting the Watergate scandal.

A journalist for more than 20 years, Rosenstiel is a former media critic for the Los Angeles Times and MSNBC’s “The News With Brian Williams” and former chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek magazine. He is co-author of the award-winning “Elements of Journalism,” a required text in most journalism schools.

The Journalist & Financial Reporting Group named Strassel one of the 30 most influential business journalists under 30 three years in a row. She began writing for the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and London before moving to the newspaper’s New York bureau. She writes the Opinion.Journal.com column “Scene and Heard.”

Folkenflik covers media on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Day to Day” and writes the “Media Circus” column for npr.org. A former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he won the inaugural Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting on the News in 2002.

For further information, call Condra at 312-3521 or e-mail condra@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Oct 11, 2005)