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Date: November 18, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Hold Interactive Media Forum About News Reporting
“The News We Want, The News We Need” at Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

The Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, will hold an interactive media forum, entitled “The News We Want, The News We Need:  Finding Balance in an Age of Spin,” on Monday, December 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the second floor auditorium of the Health Sciences Center of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.  This event is free and open to the public.

After a brief focus video, journalists and the audience will talk about the current state of news reporting and news consumption in the United States.  They will look at such issues as the sources from which people get their news and how these have changed in recent years; the convergence of news reporting and entertainment coverage; the rise of partisan news; the new technologies and how they affect news reporting; and ways in which news “consumers” can be sensitive to spin and achieve balance in their reading, listening, and viewing.

Panelists representing the news media will be Henry Allen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Washington Post; Eric Bond, editor of the Takoma Park and Silver Spring Voice newspapers; Elizabeth Homan, Montgomery College media relations director and former television news reporter; and Jan Schaffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and current director of J-Lab: An Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park.

For more information, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, at 301-650-1385 or

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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