Notable Journalists to Help Celebrate UT Media Week

KNOXVILLE -– Representatives from The New York Times, CNN and Glamour Magazine are among those who will gather April 19-21 for the first Journalism and Electronic Media Week at the University of Tennessee.

“This is a great opportunity for students and others to explore the changing world of journalism and electronic media and to meet some of the shapers of that change,” said Sam Swan, interim director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

The three-day event consists of several panel discussions on topics ranging from convergence in sports journalism to media management.

All events are free and open to the public.

On April 19, two panels will be held, both in the Black Cultural Center, Multipurpose Rooms 103-104:

• 10 a.m. to noon — Online Journalism and News Web Sites. Panelists will be Jim Stovall, Meeman Professor of Journalism at UT; Katie Granju, webmaster at WBIR-TV; Jack Lail, webmaster at the Knoxville News Sentinel; and Bob Stepno, lecturer at UT, who is an expert on blogs. Swan will serve as moderator.

• 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Convergence in Sports Journalism. Panelists are Dave Hooker, sports writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel; Brent Hubbs of VolQuest.com; and Drew Edwards, sports writer at the Knoxville News Sentinel. Dan Foley, associate professor of journalism and electronic media at UT, will serve as moderator.

On April 20, two panels will be held, both in the University Center-Shiloh Room:

• 10 a.m. to noon — Video Production. Panelists are Robert Twilley of Jupiter Entertainment; Dee Haslam of RIVR Media; Dave Metz or Johanna Hoover of Scripps Networks; and Michael Barnes of the East Tennessee Film and Television Commission. Bob Legg, assistant professor of journalism at UT, will serve as moderator.

• 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Magazines. Panelists are Erin Zammett Ruddy of Glamour Magazine; Marcy Hawley, former art director of Mary Englebrecht’s Home Companion; and Johanna Paiva of Cooking Light magazine. Lyn Lepre, assistant professor of journalism and electronic media at UT, will serve as moderator.

On Friday, April 21, two panels will be held, both in the University Center, Rooms 226-227:

• 10 a.m. to noon — Media Management: The Future. Panelists are Bob Benz of Scripps Networks; Channing Dawson of Scripps Networks; Bruce Hartmann, publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel; and Burton Jablin, executive vice president of Scripps Networks. Ed Spray, former president of Scripps Networks, will serve as moderator.

• 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Science Communication. Panelists are Lee Poston of the World Wildlife Fund and John Noble Wilford, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter of The New York Times and winner of this year’s Alumni Award. Mark Littmann, professor of journalism and electronic media at UT, will serve as moderator.

An awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 20, at the Knoxville Hilton, 501 W. Church Ave.

Banquet speaker will be Candy Reid, a 2002 UT graduate, who anchors “World Sport” on CNN International and provides global sports updates for the weekday newscasts “Your World Today” and “CNN Today.” Reid has interviewed many notable sports stars, including tennis players Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Jennifer Capriati, Master’s Champion Phil Mickelson, and a host of figure skating champions. At UT, she was a sports anchor for “UT Today,” a news program produced at UT and broadcast on WBIR-TV in Knoxville, and served as a reporter for WUTK-FM and the Daily Beacon. Originally from England, Reid played on the professional Women’s Tennis Tour for two years.

The Alumni Award will be presented to Wilford, science writer for The New York Times. Wilford, who graduated from UT in 1955, has won two Pulitzer prizes, the first in 1984 for his national reporting of science topics and the second in 1987 his part in the newspaper’s reporting on the Challenger explosion and its aftermath.

Tickets are required to attend the awards dinner. For tickets, contact the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, (865) 974-5155.

For more information about the week’s activities, contact Swan at (865)974-5123.

Contacts:

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu

April Moore, (865) 974-0463, amoore9@utk.edu