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Fall 2009

What's new at the Norman Lear Center
MartyWith the academic year in full gear, we wanted to highlight some recent doings and coming activities. The theme that runs through them all is the power of entertainment and the news media to shape who we are and what we believe.  No one better exemplifies that than Walter Cronkite. He was arguably the most trusted man in America at a time when network anchors had Superbowl-sized audiences. His commitment to quality journalism and his opposition to the consolidation of media power were inspirational to the media reform movement. We were honored that he lent his name to our biennial awards for excellence in television political journalism, and that our students had opportunities to meet and to learn from him. He was a legend who more than lived up to his reputation, and all of us who were fortunate to have had the chance to work with him will miss him.
Martin Kaplan
Director, The Norman Lear Center
Making Great Political Television
From the winners of the 2009 Walter Cronkite Award

What do
Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos, David Brancaccio and top local journalists think about political coverage on television news today?  In this provocative transcript, read what this year's winners of the Walter Cronkite Award said about new media, old values and the future of democracy when they came to campus to be honored for their achievements.

Hollywood, Health & Society
2009 Sentinel for Health Awards
The Lear Center's Hollywood, Health & Society program will announce the winners of this year's Sentinel for Health Awards on September 23. Six categories of storylines will be recognized - daytime drama, primetime drama, primetime comedy, primetime drama minor storyline, children's programming, and the newly-added global health storyline.
The Sentinel for Health Awards recognize exemplary portrayals of health issues in scripted television entertainment. Past recipients include Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: SVU, Lincoln Heights and As The World Turns.
Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
IJPC Launches New Journal & New Project on Gay Journalists  
Image of the Gay Journalist
The Lear Center's Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture project is busier than ever with the launch of The Image of the Gay Journalist in Popular Culture and the publication of the first volume of the IJPC Journal, an online academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review. 

Joe Saltzman, director of the IJPC, moderated an "Image of the Gay Journalist" panel in August at The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference and will present another panel at the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago in November.

Popular Music Project
President of MySpace Music Joins PMP
The Lear Center's Popular Music Project, directed by Josh Kun, launches its third year of ground-breaking music events and happenings with the announcement of Courtney Holt, president of MySpace Music, as its Distinguished Resident for 2009-2010. Holt has long been at the forefront of music industry innovation and is now leading the way in shaping music's digital future.

Previous PMP Residents were L.A.-based music collective Dublab and Los Angeles Times chief pop music critic Ann Powers.

Black on Black
New Transcript Available
Black on Black CoverRead Joe Saltzman's remarks from the 40th anniversary screening of his Emmy and NAACP Image Award-winning 1968 documentary Black on Black, a landmark effort to capture the voices and experiences of black America during one of the nation's most turbulent periods. Saltzman details the story behind his documentary, his strategies and working methods, and the hard work of building trust with his subjects.
New Lear Center YouTube Channel YouTube
The Norman Lear Center now has its own channel on YouTube. Here you can watch a variety of panel discussions, lectures and performances hosted by the Lear Center. Posted videos include:
In This Issue
Making Great Political Television
Sentinel for Health Awards
Image of the Gay Journalist
MySpace Music President
Black on Black
YouTube Channel

Upcoming Events 

Garth Japhet
2009 Rogers Colloquium: Garth Japhet, M.D., the creator of Soul City, a large scale, highly effective multimedia entertainment education program in Southern Africa, is the 2009 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award for Achie-vement in Entertainment Education.

Noon, Sept 23, Annenberg 207, Lunch, Please

Sonic Forest
Sonic Forest: Join us for a mesmerizing light and sound installation created by acclaimed artist, architect and composer Christopher Janney. An outdoor immersive sound experience featuring the Trojan Marching Band will be followed by a panel discussion and reception.

Oct. 12, 6:45 pm. Please click
here for more info.



IJPC Gay Journalist
The Image of the Gay Journalist in Popular Culture: Attend IJPC director Joe Saltzman's panel at the National Communication Association Convention.

Nov. 12, 2:00 pm, Chicago.


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