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The News Media -- Image and Reality
A Lecture by Danny Schechter

How was the 2000 US presidential election decided in Florida? Journalist and producer Danny Schechter will show his latest documentary film "Counting on Democracy," about the role played by the news media on Election Day and in the recounts that followed. (He will also discuss the peculiar behavior of US and Venezuelan news media during the recent coup in Caracas.)

Danny Schechter is founder and executive editor of a founder and Vice President/Executive Producer of Globalvision, Inc., an award-winning media company formed in l987. Mr. Schechter has been a broadcast and print journalist and is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on media issues. Mr. Schechter was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University and his work has been honored with, among other recognitions, Emmy awards, the IRIS award, the George Polk Award, the Major Armstrong Award, and honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Mr. Schechter was the news director and principal newscaster for WBCN-FM, an on-air reporter for WGBH, and a news program producer and investigative reporter at CNN and ABC. Mr. Schechter's print journalism has included serving as the London editor for Ramparts magazine; his articles have appeared in Newsday, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Detroit Free Press, Village Voice, Media Studies Journal, and Z Magazine, among others. Mr. Schechter is the author of "The More You Watch, The Less You Know" (Seven Stories Press) and "News Dissector: Passions, Pieces, and Polemics" (Electron Press).

7 p.m., May 10, 2002
MIT 3-133