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2002 Reuters Forum: Jihad vs. McWorld - The Clash between Fundamentalism and the Secular WorldSchool of JournalismHave the globalizing and integrating forces of technology, ecology, economics and pop culture ("McWorld") spawned a disintegral, antimodernizing fundamentalist reaction ("Jihad") that puts aggressive, commercializing secularism on a crash course with the billions of people who feel marginalized by the global economy and threatened by homogenizing consumerism and its materialist values? Hear panelists Raghida Dergham, Stephen Jukes, Ambassador Edward S. Walker Jr., and Benjamin Barber discuss these propositons. Archived webcast of a forum held January 30, 2002.
Balancing the Cost of Covering Foreign NewsOffice of Public AffairsSix months after September 11, news organizations struggle to balance escalating costs with their responsibility to cover foreign news. A panel of top editors and broadcast executives discussed the issue at a forum hosted by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism on March 5, 2002. The panelists included Susan Chira, The New York Times; Neal Shapiro, NBC News, and Mark Whitaker, Newsweek. The discussion was moderated by Columbia Professor Floyd Abrams.
Civil Liberties Post-September 11Office of Public AffairsWhile antiterrorism legislation has received much support, threats to civil liberties remain a concern. Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment attorney and William J. Brennan Jr., visiting professor of First Amendment issues, moderated the third in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism on December 6, 2001. Panelists included Dianne Doctor, news director of WNBC-TV; James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian; and John Podesta, former White House chief of staff for the Clinton administration.
Corporations Inhibit News OrganizationsOffice of Pubic AffairsThe news delivered by corporate media is "dots, not connections—tidbits, not linkages" that ultimately function more as recreation than analysis, said Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology in a lecture in December 2002.
Domination of the Media by Major ConglomeratesOffice of Public AffairsBill Moyers moderated a November 15, 2001 panel of four journalists, who discussed how September 11 and other events of the past forty years have shaped today's journalism. Moyers focused on the emergence of a handful of conglomerate news chains.
Election Night 2000School of JournalismArchived audio of Columbia students' radio coverage of the historic presidential election of 2000. New York regional races were also covered.
First Amendment Panel Scrutinizes Media Coverage of Anthrax AttackOffice of Public AffairsThe media's coverage of the 2001anthrax attacks continues to be under scrutiny, specifically as it relates to the federal investigation of biological weapons specialist Steven Hatfill. The media's behavior in this case was considered by a panel of journalists moderated by Floyd Abrams and sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism on September 26, 2002.
Freedom of Expression in CyberspaceOffice of Public AffairsWith the age-old struggle for freedom of expression moving to a new medium—cyberspace—a wide-ranging panel discussed the issue in an event sponsored by SIPA and the United Nations Department of Public Information on May 1, 2003.
Muslim Americans in the News, Before and After 9/11Office of Public AffairsBrigitte Nacos, adjunct political science professor, shares results of a study about media coverage of Muslim and Arab Americans before and after September 11.
News Media and the Government: Fighting a War, Fighting Each OtherOffice of Public AffairsThe U.S. government has long played a role in censoring wartime reporting, and this pattern will continue to a significant degree in the event of a war with Iraq, say journalists at a discussion hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism in March 2003.
Role of the Press in Protecting Civil LibertiesOffice of Public AffairsThe media plays an important role in defending civil liberties, according to a panel sponsored by the Scholars and Fellowships Office of Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Graduate School of Journalism. Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, moderated this December 7, 2001 discussion with panelists Eve Burton, James Carey,and Carol Nunnelley.
Roots of TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a human rights forum representing international perspectives on the September 11 tragedies. The participants included Azza Karam, director of the Women's Program at the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Purnaka L. de Silva, head of Leadership Programmes at the United Nations University; and Randy Rydell, senior political affairs officer at the Office of the Under-Secretary General, Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.
Symposium on Executive Compensation
Columbia Law SchoolIn a panel convened at the Columbia School of Law, leading experts debated the rapid growth of pay, the role of market forces and boards of directors, the corporate governance system, and other topics related to executive compensation.
The First Amendment and International NewsOffice of Public AffairsAs news coverage around the world grows increasingly difficult—and critical—three veteran editors met on April 3, 2002, to discuss the challenges and dangers facing correspondents. "Reporting the World: Whose Rules," the most recent in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, explores specific issues facing the media abroad.
Why Terrorists Need the MediaOffice of Public AffairsOver-coverage by the media of terrorist attacks may provide an incentive to terrorists, said Brigitte Nacos, associate professor of Political Science. In this webcast, Nacos discusses how terrorists depend on the media to inform the world of their deeds.

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