1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Mar. 4, 2013: The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy hosted a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The lecture tackled one of the most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should be its role going forward?

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  4. Feb. 20, 2013: A panel discussion hosted by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy on the Federal Communication Commission’s media ownership rules and their impact on the media’s ability to meet the information needs of North Carolina communities. The FCC is currently reviewing its rules and is considering scrapping the radio/TV cross-ownership rules, loosening the newspaper/TV cross-ownership rules, and leaving in place the radio and TV local market ownership caps. These changes could have a profound influence on the media environment in North Carolina.

    Former FCC Chair Michael Copps introduced the topic and a panel of media and academic experts discussed how the current FCC rules and proposed rule changes affect local accountability journalism. The panel was moderated by Teresa Artis, former Vice President & General Counsel, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and included the following speakers:

    Penny Abernathy, Knight Professor of Digital Media Economics, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Michael Copps, former FCC Chair (and UNC Ph.D ’68)
    Jim Goodmon, President & CEO, Capitol Broadcasting Company
    Jane Mago, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
    Bob Phillips, Executive Director, Common Cause North Carolina
    Orage Quarles III, President and Publisher, The News & Observer

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  5. 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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