HERstory Month Program to Focus on Women in Journalism

KNOXVILLE — The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists (ETSPJ) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Women’s Coordinating Council (WCC) will host “Women in Journalism” on Thursday, March 25, on the UT campus.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and is free and open to the public.

In honor of Women’s HERstory month, sponsored by the WCC to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history, the program will feature local female journalists from print, television and radio who will discuss issues women face in the newsroom, both past and present. Moderator Cynthia Moxley, former newspaper journalist and now head of the Moxley Carmichael public relations firm, will discuss the 2008 presidential coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. The discussion will cover questions on fair media coverage and whether or not gender was an issue in the coverage.

Other panelists include:

  • Georgiana Vines, political columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Jean Ash, longtime reporter and anchor, WIVK/WNOX radio
  • Jigsha Desai, online editor, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Erin Donovan, reporter, WBIR-TV

ETSPJ also will honor renowned East Tennessee journalist Alberta Brewer posthumously. Brewer joined the United Press in 1943 as one of the early newswomen for that wire service. She served in Georgia, Florida and Nashville before being transferred in 1948 to organize a new bureau for United Press in Knoxville. She was also a part-time instructor for the UT School of Journalism from 1964 to 1974.

Parking is available in the University Center garage. To see a UT campus map, click here.

For more information about the program, visit http://etspj.org.

C O N T A C T :

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225, bhardy4@utk.edu)

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