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Wake Forest University media ethics conference open to area students


January 15, 2009

Wake Forest University and radio station WFDD (88.5 FM) will host the 2009 Conference on Media Ethics and Civic Responsibility Jan. 28 to provide an opportunity for high school and college students interested in journalism and media convergence to engage with industry professionals and discuss current issues facing journalism.

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The conference is offered free to area students and college faculty members, but attendees must pre-register by Jan. 22.  Online registration is available at http://www.wfdd.org/ethics. All conference events will take place in Wake Forest’s Benson University Center.

The program will feature a keynote address by David K. Rehr, the president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  In two panel discussions, local radio, television and newspaper representatives will address ethical questions facing reporters and editors, and problems facing journalism.

With more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and in the lobbying community, Rehr joined the NAB in 2005. He has a doctorate in economics from George Mason University and has been named a “Top Association Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper.  Rehr has also been featured in numerous major U.S. media outlets, including the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, ABC and C-SPAN.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Fund for Ethics, Leadership and Civic Responsibility at Wake Forest and is sponsored jointly by WFDD and Wake Forest’s Department of Communication.  WFDD broadcasts from Wake Forest.

For more information, e-mail ethics@wfu.edu, or call (336) 758-6120.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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