UCO hosts conference highlighting press

The University of Central Oklahoma Mass Communication Department presents "The Press in Crisis"Reinventing America's News Business," a media conference and panel discussion, Wednesday and Thursday at the Nigh University Center on the UCO Campus, 100 N. University in Edmond.

The conference brings together media professionals and journalists from across the state to discuss the future of the news industry amidst uncertain times. Media fragmentation, cultural changes and the rise of the Internet have contributed to widespread insecurity throughout the industry.

This year's featured speaker is Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who will kick-off the conference with a presentation of the project's annual report"the State of the News Media 2008. Mitchell has won numerous awards for her work with the project, and is the co-author of "Thinking Clearly: Case Studies in Journalistic Decision Making."

Also scheduled to speak are:

Charles Self, professor, OU Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Joe Worley, executive editor, Tulsa World Dick Pryor, deputy director, managing editor, OETA Terry Clark, chair, UCO Dept. of Mass Communication Jim Langdon, publisher, Langdon Publishing Bill Bleakley, president, Tierra Media Group Karen Holp, vice president and general manager, KGOU Wes Milbourn, exec. Vice president and station manager, KFOR and KAUT Rob Collins, editor, Oklahoma Gazette Blaise Labbe, news director, KWTV Bill Hickman, professor, UCO Dept. of Mass Communication Joey Senat, associate professor, OSU Dept. of Journalism Larry Patton, general manager, KSWO Lawton

The conference is free but registration is required. Lunch each day is $15 per person with advance registration. For more information or to register, call 974-5305 or 974-5303. -James Lovett

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