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
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.
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.
On March 17, 2015, the Center for Media Law and Policy joined with the UNC Office of Communications and Public Affairs to host a panel discussion moderated by Deborah Gerhardt, assistant professor at the UNC School of Law and an expert on copyright, trademark and plagiarism. The panel explored the rights of creative professionals working in the visual arts and discussed why it is important to protect those rights and how to use copyright and trademark law to do so. The panelists included:
Justin Cook, Carolina alumnus and professional photographer based in Durham, and
Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association