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AP President Tom Curley keynote speaker at War and Journalism Conference in Kentucky

Thursday, March 18, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, in cooperation with the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the Study of Two World Wars, will present a conference on war, journalism and history in Lexington, Ky., April 8-11, 2010.

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 Telecommunications.

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.

For more information, contact Terry Anderson at or at 859- 257-6336, ext. 86216.

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