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November 9, 2007

“Competing Sides” Media Coverage of Social Conflict To Be Explored at School of Law Friday, November 16

Friday, November 16, from 11:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the University of Oregon School of Law will host a symposium titled, “Interest-Based Reporting:  Elevating the Coverage of Conflict.”  The symposium will be co-sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the Missouri Center for the Study of Conflict Law & the Media, and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.  The symposium will address the conundrum created by the contemporary media’s “competing sides” coverage of social conflict.  Critics charge that this method of covering conflict does not provide useful information to the public and has contributed to a media “credibility crisis.”  At the event, panels of practicing journalists, academics, and political activists will discuss a new way of covering conflict that integrates conflict theory with journalism practice called “Interest-Based Reporting.”  IBR, for example, de-emphasizes the positions of the parties, and emphasizes instead what conflict theory calls interests — the needs, interests, and concerns that drive those positions.  Featured speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Brent Walth (The Oregonian), Eugene Register-Guard Associate Editor Jim Godbold, Willamette Week Editor Mark Zusman, State Senator Floyd Prozanski, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Bob Stacey, Oregonians in Action’s David Hunnicutt, and University of Oregon Professor Jon Palfreman, whose documentaries have won Emmy, Dupont, and Peabody Awards.  To learn more, please visit http://www.law.uoregon.edu/org/adr/events2007.php

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