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Schuneman Symposium to look at coverage of social movements

by Robert Stewart, Director

How are social movements shaped by the news coverage they receive? That’s the central question of the 2012 Schuneman Symposium, scheduled for April 10-11.

Before going into detail about the program, I want to extend my gratitude to Smith and Pat Schuneman, who generously share with us the means to make this event possible. Both are alums of Ohio University, and both share a deep love for the institution. The symposium series, which started in 2009, reflects their keen desire to be active learners, and to foster ongoing discussion about the importance of words and pictures.

The idea for this year’s symposium was first discussed during a social hour following the 2011 program, which featured Bob McChesney as the closing speaker. George Korn, a colleague in the Media Arts and Studies school, suggested that we should find a way to include Rev. Jesse Jackson in a future symposium. George works closely with Rev. Jackson as a communication adviser. The germ of the idea for what has become the 2012 Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media was born.

Speakers for this year’s program, called “impact: Words and Pictures That Matter,” include:

photographer Paul Fusco, who graduated from Ohio University in 1957 with a degree in photography on the way to becoming an extraordinary photographer of people, “trying to understand what life is like and means to the people he works with…” [from his bio]

columnist Clarence Page, a two-time Pulitizer Prize winner for the Chicago Tribune and a 1969 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

commentator Laura Flanders, who founded and hosts GritTV (grittv.org). Flanders is an author, “a long-time journalist, author and media activist.”

Read more about the symposium on the 2012 Schuneman Symposium website. And make plans to join us April 10-11, 2012, for a memorable day.

posted in: symposium
March 13, 2012

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