The Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism

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Murrow delivers Cold War broadcast, 1961

The Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism is an annual event held at Tufts University. It is sponsored by the Communications and Media Studies Program (CMS) at Tufts University, the Edward R. Murrow Center for the Advancement of Public Diplomacy, and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Dedicated to illuminating aspects of the many contributions Edward R. Murrow made to journalism and public diplomacy, the Forum brings together interdisciplinary panels to reflect on Murrow’s legacy and relate it to contemporary issues in journalism. The Forum debuted in 2006 with former Nightline host Ted Koppel serving as the keynote speaker and moderator examining the contemporary state of the news business. In 2007 retired CBS News anchor Dan Rather led a panel discussing the coverage of war and conflicts. In 2008 former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw and panelists explored the current state of political coverage. The 2009 panel was headlined by MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews, along with former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis, and Janet Wu, WCVB-TV’s political reporter discussing the press’ role in encouraging or discouraging people from seeking public office. In 2010 panelists Casey Murrow, author Lynne Olson, and producer/Massachusetts ACLU Vice President Arnie Reisman discussed Murrow and his efforts to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy after the blacklist and the contemporary state of blacklisting, self-censorship, and political redlines for the media.[1] In 2011 panelists Katie Couric and Jonathan Tisch discussed Couric's career as well as the state of journalism in a social media and technology-driven world. In 2012 panelists Brian Williams and Jonathan Tisch discussed Williams's career and tactics, opportunities, and challenges of covering campaigns in 2012. The 2013 forum featured Christiane Amanpour discussing the evolving role of foreign correspondents, while Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington examined the changing face of journalism in the digital age for the 2014 forum.

Forum Themes and Panelists[edit]

2014 "'From TV to Tablet: Is the Digital Frontier Making Journalism Better?"[edit]

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2013 "'This Is London': The Evolving Role of the Foreign Correspondent"[edit]

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2012 "Covering Campaign 2012: New Tactics, New Opportunities, New Challenges"[edit]

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2011 “Watching the News: Broadcasting, Webcasting, Forecasting”[edit]

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2010 “DIXIE CHICKING: Murrow, McCarthy, and the Blacklist — History Lesson or Current Event?”[edit]

Panelists:

  • Casey Murrow, Executive Director, Synergy Learning
  • Lynne Olson, author
  • Arnie Reisman, producer and screenwriter

2009 “Digging Too Deeply? Headlines, Politics, and Public Service”[edit]

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2008 “Noise vs. News: The State of Political Coverage”[edit]

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2007 “What Would Murrow See Now? How the Press Covers War and Conflict”[edit]

Panelists:

Command Liaison Office

2006 “What Would Murrow See Now? The U.S. Press and the World”[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Murrow Forum Program. Tufts University