These Murrow Symposium (“War and Words: The Challenge for Today’s Journalists”) panel participants will be available to speak to reporters during a press conference at 4-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, on the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum Concourse at Washington State University:

–Peter Bhatia, executive editor, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Bhatia is the current president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Since he joined The Oregonian in 1993, the paper has won three Pulitzer prizes.

–Bryan Gruley, editor/writer/reporter, The Wall Street Journal Gruley is an editor/writer/reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He led a team of reporters probing the 9/11 attacks and wrote one of the two lead stories in the 9-12-01 issue, the issue later awarded the Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting. Gruley was a friend of slain Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl.

–Peter J. Kovach, Director, Office of Public Diplomacy,Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Kovach is the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the former Director of the State Department’s Foreign Press Centers.

–Susan Ross, associate professor of communication, Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, Washington State University. Professor Susan Ross is an associate professor of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and has done extensive research on issues of free speech, First Amendment implications of anti-terrorist initiatives and coverage of under-represented groups in the media.
–Danny Schechter, author, filmmaker, executive editor of the MediaChannel.org, co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision. Schechter is a television producer and independent filmmaker who writes and speaks about media issues. He is the executive editor of the MediaChannel.org, the world’s largest online media issues network. Schechter is a former CNN producer and as a producer for ABC’s 20/20, he won two National News Emmys.

At 5:30 p.m., the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication Scholarship Awards Banquet at Beasley Coliseum is planned.

The 29th Edward R. Murrow Symposium and presentation of the 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism in memory of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl begins at 7:30 p.m.

The panelists are expected to discuss the following questions:
–Have video-phones and embedded journalists given us quality coverage of the war in Iraq?
–Will coverage of this war be a point of pride or a hotly contested issue for journalists in years to come?
–War and terrorism add a difficult and dangerous dimension to international reporting. Journalists have been kidnapped – and even murdered while doing their jobs. Why have journalists become targets?
–Are reporters helping us understand the war? What is the balance between national security and our “right to know?”