The Merging of News With Entertainment; America's Preeminent Press Critics to Address Atlanta Press Club

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Atlanta Press Club

    ATLANTA, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Manual's Tavern will be the location for
 a hard hitting Atlanta Press Club forum that will tackle the issue of
 corporate interests clashing with journalistic standards.  The program, which
 will be held on April 19 at 6:30 p.m., will feature two of the nation's
 preeminent press critics, Bill Kovach, a former editor of The Atlanta
 Journal-Constitution, and Tom Rosenstiel.
     Kovach and Rosenstiel will critique the changing demands of journalism,
 including the increasing pressure put on journalists by the merger of news
 with entertainment.  They are the authors of the newly published, "The
 Elements of Journalism," which outlines the difficulties of the present state
 of journalism and the principles that should govern reporting.
     "For the first time in our history major news organizations are owned and
 operated by institutions with no background in journalism and the pressure to
 serve larger corporate interests," says Kovach.  "In many cases the public's
 need for information is secondary to the corporate need to maximize profit by
 promoting the lucrative entertainment arms of their holdings."
     Kovach and Rosenstiel are chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the
 Committee for Concerned Journalists, an organization of journalists concerned
 with upholding the core principles of the profession.
     Kovach was editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1988-1986 and
 has also served as Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.  He is the
 former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
 Rosenstiel is director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which is
 affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He is
 a former correspondent of The Los Angeles Times and regularly writes op-ed
 pieces for major newspapers.
     A cocktail/networking hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program
 at 7:30 p.m.  The program is free for Atlanta Press Club members and $5 for
 non-members.  Join the Atlanta Press Club prior to the event and attend at the
 member rate.  To join online or to RSVP, go to www.atlpressclub.org .  For
 more information, call 404-57-PRESS.
     The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest local journalism
 organizations in the country with a board of governors and membership of
 leading journalists and media professionals.  Monthly Forums, special events
 and a nationally recognized political debate forum serve the professional and
 social needs of Atlanta's journalism community. Founded in 1964, APC has grown
 to over 900 members--over half of which are journalists--from the full media
 community, including broadcast, print, and online reporters. The Press Club's
 mission is to serve the professional and social needs of our journalism
 community, to foster excellence in journalism and to advance the public's
 interest in and understanding of a free press.
 
 

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    ATLANTA, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Manual's Tavern will be the location for
 a hard hitting Atlanta Press Club forum that will tackle the issue of
 corporate interests clashing with journalistic standards.  The program, which
 will be held on April 19 at 6:30 p.m., will feature two of the nation's
 preeminent press critics, Bill Kovach, a former editor of The Atlanta
 Journal-Constitution, and Tom Rosenstiel.
     Kovach and Rosenstiel will critique the changing demands of journalism,
 including the increasing pressure put on journalists by the merger of news
 with entertainment.  They are the authors of the newly published, "The
 Elements of Journalism," which outlines the difficulties of the present state
 of journalism and the principles that should govern reporting.
     "For the first time in our history major news organizations are owned and
 operated by institutions with no background in journalism and the pressure to
 serve larger corporate interests," says Kovach.  "In many cases the public's
 need for information is secondary to the corporate need to maximize profit by
 promoting the lucrative entertainment arms of their holdings."
     Kovach and Rosenstiel are chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the
 Committee for Concerned Journalists, an organization of journalists concerned
 with upholding the core principles of the profession.
     Kovach was editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1988-1986 and
 has also served as Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.  He is the
 former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
 Rosenstiel is director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which is
 affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He is
 a former correspondent of The Los Angeles Times and regularly writes op-ed
 pieces for major newspapers.
     A cocktail/networking hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program
 at 7:30 p.m.  The program is free for Atlanta Press Club members and $5 for
 non-members.  Join the Atlanta Press Club prior to the event and attend at the
 member rate.  To join online or to RSVP, go to www.atlpressclub.org .  For
 more information, call 404-57-PRESS.
     The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest local journalism
 organizations in the country with a board of governors and membership of
 leading journalists and media professionals.  Monthly Forums, special events
 and a nationally recognized political debate forum serve the professional and
 social needs of Atlanta's journalism community. Founded in 1964, APC has grown
 to over 900 members--over half of which are journalists--from the full media
 community, including broadcast, print, and online reporters. The Press Club's
 mission is to serve the professional and social needs of our journalism
 community, to foster excellence in journalism and to advance the public's
 interest in and understanding of a free press.
 
 SOURCE  Atlanta Press Club