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URI assembles a panel of pros to discuss…
‘Sending the Right Message in Bad Times; Communicating
During Crises: The legacy of 9/11 and beyond’

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 28, 2002 -- How do major crises -- such as the events of September 11th -- change the tone and approach of newspapers and public relations, and corporate messages? A panel of seasoned journalists and veteran public relations experts will explore this question and others at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday evening, April 4 from 7:30 to 9 during the third annual Manning, Selvage & Lee Distinguished Newsmaker Lecture Series. The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the University Club, located on Upper College Rd. of URI’s Kingston Campus. Linda Levin, URI professor of journalism, will introduce the speakers and Stephen Wood, URI professor of communications studies will serve as moderator. The panelists are:

* Joel Rawson, senior vice president and executive editor at The Providence Journal

* Tom Mulligan, New York City bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times

* Andy Tannen, senior vice president, Manning, Selvage & Lee, public relations, New York City
* Barbara S. Cottam, senior vice president/director of public affairs for Citizens Bank

The panel will also examine how other news and messages, which would otherwise be deemed very important, can take a back seat to a "larger" issue. In addition, the relative effect of other crises-- Enron, the Rhode Island banking crisis, etc.--on news and information outlets will be discussed.

A portion of the informal panel discussion will be set aside for questions. A reception with the panelists will follow the presentation.

The Manning, Selvage & Lee Lecture Series is designed to provide insight into the communication aspects of journalism, public relations, politics, advertising, public affairs, public opinion and propaganda.

The Departments of Communication Studies and Journalism are presenting the event. For more information, call Tom Zorabedian at 874-2853.

For Information: Dr. Thomas Zorabedian, 401-874-2853, Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116

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