John Foreman, Will Sullivan, Nancy Foreman, and Bryan Murley
The news industry faces monumental challenges:
• More people are getting news and information on line
•Advertising revenues are down
• Major media companies are in or have gone through bankruptcy
• Minute-by-minute reporting is changing the way newspapers, especially, report the news
• Layoffs and consolidation stretches news staffs to cover stories in-depth
What do these challenges mean for the future of news? What will be the impact of the changing media landscape on our democracy? How will these challenges influence the careers of future journalists?
John Foreman, publisher, News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana
Will Sullivan, interactive director, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nancy Foreman, executive producer, WCIA-TV 3, Champaign-Urbana
Bryan Murley, assistant professor of journalism, Eastern Illinois University
Moderator Jeff Lynch, interim dean, College of Arts & Humanities
Bioethicist and writer Jessica Pierce has published two recent books. Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (2009), written in collaboration with cognitive ethologist Marc Bekoff, builds a scientific case that animals exhibit a broad range of prosocial behaviors including empathy, cooperation, and fairness. The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives (2012) explores end-of-life care, dying, and euthanasia in the lives of our companion animals while chronicling the decline and death of her beloved dog Odysseus.
Pierce is currently working on two new books. The first (forthcoming in early 2015, with the University of Chicago Press) is entitledRun, Spot, Run: Confessions of a (Reformed) Pet Addict, and makes the case that the keeping of pets is, at best, morally ambiguous and, at worst, a moral nightmare. The second, as yet untitled, explores the practice of euthanasia, particularly as it relates to companion animals. In both publications, Pierce questions some of the common tropes of human-animal interaction and challenges prevailing social attitudes and practices related to animals.
Bruce David Janu
Bruce David Janu's first feature documentary, Facing Sudan, hit the festival circuit in 2007 and garnered two best documentary awards. Crayons and Paper is a follow-up to that film and features one of its subjects: Dr. Jerry Ehrlich. "I was just taken by him," explains Janu. "He is a film unto himself."
When he is not making films, Janu teaches history and sociology at John Hersey High School in suburban Chicago. Janu is an alumnus of Eastern having earned an MA in1991 and a BA in 1990 he also holds an MA from the University of Chicago.
Helicopters attacking villages. Armed troops burning homes and shooting children. Houses on fire as planes roar through the sky. The crudely drawn pictures show the horrors of war through the eyes of children in two of the world’s most violent places: Sri Lanka and Sudan. Dr. Jerry Ehrlich, a pediatrician working with Doctors Without Borders, brought back home hundreds of these drawings.
This is his story and the stories of countless children, devastated by war
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