3rd Annual Conference on Media & Democratic Governance

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration
in collaboration with:
The Center for Media and Peace Initiatives
The Society of Professional Journalists (NJ Chapter)

The 3rd Annual Conference on Media & Democratic Governance

“Seeing Through the Spin: Sorting Fact from Fiction in Public Information”

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark

Center for Urban and Public Service, 111 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

Featured Speakers

  • Yuriy Sergeyev – Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations
    "How the World Media Portrays Ukraine"
  • Richard Brodsky – former Chair, New York State Assembly Committee on Authorities
    “The Port Authority: Will it Survive? Should it Survive?”


  • GW Bridge (“Bridgegate”) Investigation and Open Records.
    Panelists: John Reitmeyer, Trenton correspondent for The Record; Thomas MacLeod, New Jersey Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union; Bernard Bell, professor, Rutgers Law School; Felix Deat, doctoral candidate at Rutgers SPAA.
  • Cutting Through Spin in New Jersey.
    Panelists: Jane Primerano, president, New Jersey Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; Debbie Galant, director, New Jersey News Commons, Montclair State University; Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, city of Newark, NJ.; Joe Malinconico, award-winning reporter, The Paterson Press.
  • International Cover-ups and Spin.
    Panelists: Sunil Adam, editor, The Indian Times; Alex Ostashko, visiting Ukrainian journalist; Amelia Moore, Host/Producer UBC TV; Rudolf Okonkwo, syndicated columnist who writes about Nigeria.

Lunch for sale or bring your own.


Download the program here.


This conference is free and open to the general public, but registration is requested. Register here.

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