Conference examines technology, courts and media

11/10/2008 - By: Zanny Marsh

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media will host a national conference Nov. 17-18 about the impact of technology on courts and media. The event will be held at the National Judicial College on the University campus. 

The program will ask judges and journalists to address media and judicial ethics, technology, information access and Internet journalism.

"The Internet is changing everything including the relationship between media and the justice system," said Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Fred W. Smith Chair in Journalism. "We can't sit passively and watch it happen. Journalists and jurists should engage in dialogue that deepens appreciation of the issues involved." 

Ceppos will be moderator for a panel discussion titled "Changes in the Media - What the Courts should know about new challenges and opportunities facing the traditional mainstream journalists." 

"Education programs that encourage dialogue between journalists, judges and attorneys strengthen an independent judiciary and a free press, the safeguards without which there would be no American democracy," said Gary Hengstler, courts and media center director. 

The Center for Courts and Media is part of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The journalism school and the National Judicial College are co-sponsors of the event. 

The Reynolds School of Journalism is Nevada's only accredited journalism school.


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