C-Span to air Borrelli Media Summit

Ben BradleeC-Span 1 will air SUNY Oswego’s Louis A. Borrelli Jr. Media Summit nationwide at 9:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday, Nov. 25, and again at 12:45 a.m. (Eastern Time) Saturday to reach the primetime viewers in the Pacific Time zone.

The first annual media summit took place on the Oswego campus Oct. 27 with a panel of national media figures discussing “Why Don’t We Trust the News Media? How Can the News Media Recover Public Trust?”

Panelists are Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during Watergate; Tom Rosenstiel, director of Columbia University’s 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, moderated 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.”

According to a Pew Research study, 50 million Americans watch C-Span, said Jerry Condra, assistant professor of communication studies at SUNY Oswego and director of the summit. He added that the television network “is one of only three news organizations (joining CNN and ‘60 Minutes’) to make the list of ‘most trusted sources’ for all three political groups: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.”

The new annual summits, underwritten by an Oswego alumnus, aim to bring students into close contact with leaders in the media to discuss the significant challenges and opportunities facing this fast-changing industry. The visiting media professionals teach classes and visit with students and faculty before the major afternoon summit meeting.

Louis A. Borrelli Jr., a 1977 graduate of Oswego and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, committed $150,000 over five years to fund a media summit each fall at Oswego. Outside of bequests, this is the largest cash gift in the college’s history.

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SUMMIT SPEAKER—Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate and Pentagon Papers days, speaks to a group of SUNY Oswego students as part of the college’s first-ever Louis A. Borrelli Jr. Media Summit on Oct. 27. Bradlee was one of five top media figures on campus to participate in the panel discussion titled “Why Don’t We Trust the News Media?” and to speak to classes and other gatherings. Listening as Bradlee answers questions from students are Jeremy Nickerson (left), a visiting assistant professor of communication studies, and (foreground from left) students Kathleen McGurn and Kerry Moran. (Photo by Chuck Wainwright)

(Posted: Nov 18, 2005)