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From the University of Utah’s student SPJ chapter:

“Misled by the Mainstream: How the Media Fail to Inform”
Nationally Acclaimed Journalists to Speak at U of U

Journalists tend to worship at the altar of objectivity, but does seeking out two sides of an issue always best serve the public? What happens to the truth when profits are the bottom line, news is trivialized and the culture of entertainment prevails?

Mary Mapes and Gary Younge, two internationally prominent visiting journalists, will speak at a symposium Friday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. in 1110 LNCO on the University of Utah campus. Titled “Misled by the Mainstream: How the Media Fail to Inform,” the conversation/discussion will be moderated by KUED’s Mary Dickson. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Communication and the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mary Mapes is the Peabody Award-winning CBS News producer who broke the Bush National Guard and Abu Ghraib stories. During her 15 years at CBS, she worked for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes II. Her book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, is a riveting play-by-play of a reporter getting and defending a story. It puts readers in the center of the 60 Minutes II report on Bush’s shirking of his National Guard duty. The firestorm that followed the broadcast – a conflagration that was carefully sparked by the right and fanned by bloggers – trashed Mapes’ well-respected 25-year producing career, caused Dan Rather to resign from his anchor chair early and led to an unprecedented “internal inquiry” into the story –- led by former Regan attorney general Richard Thornburgh. Rather has since filed a lawsuit against CBS.

Gary Younge has been a staff writer for London’s The Guardian newspaper since 1994 and is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine. As a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, he has spent four years in New York where he has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America. He was the recipient of the Washington Post’s Lawrence Stern Fellowship in 1996 and the Alfred Knobler Fellowship from the Nation Institute in 2006. He is the author of Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, a collection of his columns that take full advantage of his outsider status to provide a fresh perspective on a nation that is at once growing more isolated from the rest of the world and bitterly divided against itself.

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