On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law will present a special Fall Forum addressing media cross-ownership featuring Rosemary Harold, Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Congressional hearings, protest demonstrations, and more than 165,000 comments set the scene in December 2007 for the FCC’s rather modest, but highly controversial, relaxation of its 32-year-old ban on joint ownership of daily newspapers and broadcast stations. In her talk, “The FCC’s New Media Ownership Rules: Emotion and Reason in Rulemaking,” Harold will review how the FCC balanced fears about media consolidation with facts about journalist layoffs when relaxing its joint-ownership ban, and what impact the new rules may have on the rapidly evolving media landscape.
Harold holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and has worked both as a journalist and as a practicing attorney. At the FCC’s Media Bureau, she serves as one of the senior officials responsible for developing, recommending, and administering the policy and licensing programs relating to electronic media, including cable television, broadcast television, and radio in the United States and its territories. The Media Bureau was established in 2002; Harold joined it in 2005.
The event, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will be held in the Murphy Hall conference center at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is free and open to the public. The forum will include an opportunity for audience questions; light refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact the Silha Center at 612-625-3421 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.silha.umn.edu.
– Sara Cannon
Silha Center Staff