July 27, 2005

Credibility Roundtable Panel

Some details for one of our sessions at AEJMC:

“This has to be one of the most informative and educational exercises
I have ever undertaken. I think that the students saw the interaction
Between sources and a paper that they had never experienced.”

Speaking of credibility…

Since the National Credibility Roundtables Project began in 2001, almost 200 news organizations have sponsored a discussion with the public about news coverage. This year, seven professors brought their students into the credibility conversation.
It’s a simple but powerful approach: A roundtable brings the news organization, students and the public together for a carefully planned discussion to examine coverage that raised questions in the community. The news organization chooses the topic. Students (with the professor’s help) plan and run the roundtable. They write about what they learned and offer suggestions to make the local journalism stronger and the connection with the community better.

“When a student comes up to you after it’s all over and says, ‘That was
awesome,’ you know that it went well.” Professor Chris Roush, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“The project gave an important focus to theoretical concepts covered in class.
It provided an excellent blend of theory and practice – of real world news
consumers with their own thoughtful views.” Professor Steve Reese, University of Texas

Come to Friday’s Teaching Panel and hear more:
Putting Students in Charge: A New Project to Bring Citizens and Journalists Together in the Community
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Moderating: Peggy Kuhr, University of Kansas

Carol Nunnelley, Director, National Credibility Roundtables Project
Andrea Breemer Frantz, Wilkes University
Chris Roush, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Steve Reese, University of Texas

Co-sponsors: Community Journalism Interest Group
Civic Journalism Interest Group

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