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Speaker: Reporting Scandals Offer Lessons of News Accountability Loyola Ethics Center Welcome News Veteran Gary Gilson for Ethics Talk
Gary Gilson, executive director of the Minnesota News Council, will discuss how recent scandals at America’s leading news organizations can offer lessons that might help improve the fragile relationship between the press and the public. Gilson will elaborate on his recently published article “Trouble at Times can be helpful in the long run,” which called for greater accountability and transparency in today’s news rooms in the aftermath of a string of fraudulent reporting cases that have led to the dismissal of reporters and the editors who supervised them.
The Minnesota News Council has a 33-year history of handling complaints against the media. Gilson worked as a newspaper reporter from 1961 to 1964 for the Minneapolis Star, then spent 13 years in New York City, in both commercial and public television, producing nightly news, magazine and documentary programs. He continued his career in Los Angeles from 1977 to 1981 as news director for the public TV station and as a producer of programs for CBS Daytime. His work in New York and Los Angeles earned him five Emmy Awards. In 1981 he became a producer for Hodding Carter’s PBS program “Inside Story,” a weekly critique of American journalism. Later that year he moved back to Minneapolis to become host of a public TV weekly newsmagazine program, then a producer for WCCO-TV. He served six years as a voting member of the Minnesota News Council.
The program, “An Evening of Ethics: How trouble at the New York Times and USA Today can be helpful in the long run to journalists,” is sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club and the Center for Ethics and Social Justice at Loyola University Chicago, with the help of a grant from the Society of Professional Journalists. The program is free and is open to the public.
Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 pm
Loyola University Chicago
25 East Pearson, Rubloff Auditorium
Chicago, IL 60611
Free, though RSVP is required. To RSVP, or to get more information, visit the Chicago Headline Club Web site at www..headlineclub.org.