U of U Department of Communication to Host National Press Club Forum
on the Future for Journalism November 6
The National Press Club, the Department of Communication at the University of Utah
and the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University are
teaming up to look at the future of the news media and how to protect its core values.
The November 6 National Press Club Centennial Forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Room B
of the Salt Lake City Library, 210 East 400 South. It is free and open to the public.
The forum on “The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of
Journalism” features some leading professionals shaping the news business, including:
Nancy Conway, editor of The Salt Lake Tribune;
Con Psarras, news director at KSL, the NBC affiliate in Utah;
Rod Decker, a recognized television reporter for Channel 2, the CBS affiliate in Utah;
Ted Pease, former journalism department chair at Utah State University;
Gil Klein, a former president of the National Press Club and director of the Centennial
Project at the NPC in this, its 100th year. He was a Washington-based national
correspondent for Media General News Service.
This forum is part of a nationwide conversation the National Press Club is holding during
its 100th anniversary to look at where the news business is going and what news
consumers should be demanding. This is one of 35 forums the club is hosting this fall in
locations across the country.
Information about coming forums and highlights of past events can be found on the
National Press Club’s Web site, http://www.press.org.
The event begins with a preview of the press club’s centennial documentary, “A Century
of Headlines,” which follows the history of American journalism through the lens of one
of its leading institutions. Everyone who attends this forum will get a copy of the
The NPC Centennial Forums program is sponsored by Aviva USA. In addition, the
company is funding the production and distribution of 12,000 DVD copies of the
“Century of Headlines” documentary and supplemental education materials.
Tom Godlasky, chief executive officer of Aviva North America, said, “Our partnership
with the National Press Club is based on shared values and a belief that the First
Amendment, freedom of speech and professional journalism are fundamental to
democracy, personal freedom and free enterprise.”