The theme of the conference is "Covering Conflicts in a Modern World."
The conference will open on April 8 with the annual Creason Lecture,
delivered by AP President Tom Curley.
The conference will feature top journalists, public policy experts,
historians and military officials.
Topics for discussion will include:
The role of media in foreign policy
Military and media relations
Media ethics in conflict reporting
U.S. war reporting from an international perspective
Representations of war in film
The conference is a follow up to a similar event the University of
Edinburgh held in November 2007. University of Kentucky journalism
instructor Terry Anderson served as a guest presenter at the
conference, sharing his story as a former chief correspondent for The
Associated Press and the seven years he spent held hostage in Lebanon.
Anderson is organizing this year?s conference with the help of the
University of Edinburgh.
Conference participants will include film star Steve Zahn; Dale Dye,
film producer and military consultant; Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani author
and journalist; Molly Bingham and Steve Connors, journalists and
documentary makers; Yvonne McEwen of the University of Edinburgh's
Center for the Two World Wars; former ambassador and special Middle
East envoy Ryan Crocker; John Daniszewski, AP senior managing editor
for international news; Robert Fisk, foreign correspondent and
columnist for the London Independent; Wadah Khanfar, director general
of Al-Jazeera; John Walcott, Washington bureau chief of McClatchy
newspapers; Col. Mike Meese, head of the history department at the U.S.
Military Academy; West Point historians George Herring of the
University of Kentucky and Clarence Wyatt of Centre College; and Tom
Lindlof of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and
Seminars and paper presentations will take place on April 9 and 10. A
public discussion of the film series will be held on April 11.