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Journalism Day Set At UW-River Falls

February 12, 1999

By Michael Gugala
UW-RF News Bureau

On March 10 the University of Wisconsin-River Falls students and community will have an opportunity to hear several professional programs related to the role of today's media. These presentations will feature prominent figures in media speaking about various topics in journalism.

All events will be in the River Room of Rodli Commons and are free and open to the public.

Wisconsin Public Radio Director Dana Davis-Rehm will discuss "The Philosophy, Future and Funding of Public Radio" at 10 a.m. Davis-Rehm took over the reigns at WPR last July. She worked previously in public radio in Seattle and she was also a business manager at a small publishing company. She will be putting on the presentation with the help of WPR's Western Wisconsin Regional Manager Dean Kallenbach.

Speaking at noon on will be KSTP-TV co-anchor Randy Meier. His topic is "The Changing Face of Media: The Impact of New Technologies on Today's Media." Following his talk, Meier will take questions from the audience.

Meier graduated from UW-La Crosse, where he also started his first job. He worked in Los Angeles with the Fox Network before coming to KSTP-TV. Meier is the winner of a national Iris Award and three Emmys.

The Minnesota News Council will also be doing a special program. The MNC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote fair, vigorous, and trusted journalism where the public and the media can discuss journalism standards. It conducts hearings on complaints against the media as an alternative to lawsuits.

At 1 p.m. Executive Director Gary Gilson will offer information about the Council and ethics in journalism. Gilson has 33 years of experience in broadcast and print news in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities. He has worked with CBS, WCCO, and public television. Gilson has won five Emmy awards for his work on television news and documentaries. He also taught at Yale, Columbia, the University of Minnesota, The University of St. Thomas, and Macalester College.

Then at 2 p.m. The news council will hold a mock council meeting where students will assume the roles of council members and debate an actual case that was previously decided before the MNC. They will debate the complaint of a young woman who had been raped by her father who complained that a small-town newspaper re-victimized her by writing a story that named her father and indicated her age, although her name was not given.

UW-RF journalism students will decide whether the paper unfairly invaded the woman's privacy or whether the public had a right and a need to know that a convicted felon was in their midst?

For more information contact journalism assistant Professor Pat Berg at 715/425-3169, or by e-mail at

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