Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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An American Forum: Washington Watchdogs: An Endangered Species?

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The news industry is in distress and the recession has made a dire situation critical. Newspapers are declaring bankruptcyand even folding. Nowhere are newsrooms being slashed more than in Washington, where some venerable bureaus are being shuttered all together. Will there be a vacuum in coverage of Congress, the White House and federal agencies? Is our democracy at stake? Or, have the Washington watchdogs grown fat and lazy? Are there any silver linings for leaner and meaner journalism? This American Forum will look at what many say is a crisis in the survival of Washington news coverage.

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
MCG 3,4,5
Mary Graydon Center
American University


Mark Whitaker,
senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, NBC News

Melinda Wittstock
founder and CEO of Capitol News Connection

Bill Kovach
founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists

Suzanne Struglinski
she is Senior Editor of Provider Magazine


Wendell Cochran
Associate Professor and Director, Journalism Division, American University, School of Communication

For more information, contact the School of Communication at 202-885-2074 or go to www/soc.american.edu

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An American Forum is sponsored by Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby

An American Forum is produced in cooperation with WAMU 88.5 FM

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