The 2014 Parker Lecture program, co-presented by the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ and the Newseum Institute, included four sessions on Oct. 7, at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum. The sessions are:
The 2014 Parker Lecture, commemorating the landmark legal challenge 50 years ago by Rev. Everett C. Parker to FCC rules that prevented citizens from challenging TV and radio licenses, by Tom Wheeler, chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
Remarks from Makani Themba, executive director of The Praxis Project, receiving the Everett C. Parker Award; and Catherine J.K. Sandoval, a commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, receiving the Donald H. McGannon Award. The Parker Award recognizes an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications. The McGannon Award is presented in recognition of special contributions in advancing the roles of women and persons of color in the media and in the media reform movement.
A panel discussion on how the news media reports on religion, with panelists Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute; The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ; and Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute.
A conversation on diversity in today’s news media between Richard Prince, who writes the regular column “Journal-isms” for “Journal-isms,” appearing three times a week, which is presented online by The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and Gene Policinski.
A documentary on the work of the Office of Communications: “OC, Inc.: The Untold Story.”