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Carol Nunnelley

Eve Burton

James Carey

Tom Rosenstiel

Media Panel Debates Role and Responsibilities of the Press in Protecting Civil Liberties

The media plays an important role in defending civil liberties, especially in times of crisis, according to a panel, "Protecting Civil Liberties: The Role of the Press," sponsored by the Scholars and Fellowships Office of Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Graduate School of Journalism. Currently, much of press ownership falls on the entertainment industry, and there is a general concern about the relationship of the media with these conglomerates and how such a relationship might influence the press in its fundamental role of protecting civil liberties. Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, moderated the Dec. 7 discussion with panelists Eve Burton, adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Journalism and former general counsel at CNN; James Carey, Columbia professor of journalism; and Carol Nunnelley, managing editor of the Birmingham News currently on leave to work with the Associated Press Managing Editors Roundtable Credibility project.

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Published: Jan 16, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002