1. Sep. 15, 2010: The role of federal policy in shaping journalism was the topic of a free, public lecture by Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press.

    Silver discussed some of the major regulatory issues facing the U.S. media today. Those issues included how to expand broadband Internet service to all American homes, whether to continue to allow Internet service providers to censor their customers’ communications and how best to fund professional news reporting.

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  2. Mar. 26, 2012: The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and UNC School of Law’s International Programs hosted a lecture by Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States, at the UNC School of Law Monday, March 26, 2012.
    Meyer, who previously chaired the Press Complaints Commission in the United Kingdom, spoke about the regulation of the news media, including the 2011 phone hacking scandal at News Corporation. He also discusses international law and his new documentary, “Network of Power.”

    In his 36 years as a career diplomat, Meyer occupied a number of key positions: British Ambassador to Germany; press secretary to Prime Minister John Major; press secretary to British Foreign Secretary Lord Geoffrey Howe; speech writer to three foreign secretaries in the 1970s and head of the political section of the British Embassy in Moscow.

    Meyer has published two books – "DC Confidential," about his time in Washington, D.C., and "Getting Our Way," a history of British diplomacy. He is currently filming a six-part documentary for Sky Atlantic, “Network of Power,” about the movers and shakers in six great cities of the world.

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  3. Nov. 4, 2013: Hearst TV CEO David Barrett and ABC News President Ben Sherwood headlined the inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium. Friends and colleagues of Wade Hargrove established the colloquium to honor Mr. Hargrove, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an accomplished media lawyer, by spurring discussion and debate about national media law and policy issues.

    Mr. Barrett and Mr. Sherwood talked about “The Future of Television News.” Each speaker made brief opening remarks and then engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital convergence.

    About David Barrett
    David Barrett joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as a vice president of Hearst Corporation and deputy general manager of Broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company’s television and radio stations. In 1997, Hearst Broadcasting merged with Argyle Television to form Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., and he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the new entity. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2001.

    Mr. Barrett has been the recipient of numerous industry honors. In 2011 he received the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, which bestows the annual Peabody Awards, and the First Amendment Leadership Award from The Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In 2008 he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was the recipient of The Media Institute’s American Horizon Award and was also inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was named Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s “Broadcaster of the Year.”

    About Ben Sherwood
    Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20″ and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. During Mr. Sherwood’s tenure the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors awards.

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Sherwood earned a bachelor’s degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

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  4. Nov. 4, 2013: Hearst TV CEO David Barrett and ABC News President Ben Sherwood headlined the inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium. Friends and colleagues of Wade Hargrove established the colloquium to honor Mr. Hargrove, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an accomplished media lawyer, by spurring discussion and debate about national media law and policy issues.

    Mr. Barrett and Mr. Sherwood talked about “The Future of Television News.” Each speaker made brief opening remarks and then engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital convergence.

    About David Barrett
    David Barrett joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as a vice president of Hearst Corporation and deputy general manager of Broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company’s television and radio stations. In 1997, Hearst Broadcasting merged with Argyle Television to form Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., and he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the new entity. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2001.

    Mr. Barrett has been the recipient of numerous industry honors. In 2011 he received the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, which bestows the annual Peabody Awards, and the First Amendment Leadership Award from The Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In 2008 he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was the recipient of The Media Institute’s American Horizon Award and was also inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004 he was named Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s “Broadcaster of the Year.”

    About Ben Sherwood
    Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20″ and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. During Mr. Sherwood’s tenure the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors awards.

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Sherwood earned a bachelor’s degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

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  5. Sep. 24, 2013: The summer of 2013 was one of discontent. The Associated Press and Fox News learned that they have been subject to secret snooping by the Justice Department, and New York Times reporter James Risen lost a key appeal in the federal courts in his effort to protect his sources. The Obama Administration was on a tear pursuing leak investigations. These events led to some stirrings of reform, as the Justice Department revised its media subpoena guidelines, and Congress returned to a possible federal shield statute. But are there other ways out of this corrosive cycle?

    Bruce D. Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, explores the relationship between the Obama Administration and the media.

    Brown became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in September 2012 and is of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of BakerHostetler, where he had been a partner in the firm’s media law practice. He has argued press cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

    Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Brown was a federal court reporter for Legal Times and a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post.

    Brown co-directs the First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia Law School and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in its master’s program in journalism. Brown received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a master’s degree in English literature from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Stanford University.

    Read more about Brown here: rcfp.org/about-us/staff/bruce-d-brown-0.

    Read more about the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press here: rcfp.org.

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