Media Performance to be Discussed

Charles N. Davis, executive director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri School of Journalism will be at William Woods University Oct. 22 to discuss media performance.

His speech at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center is part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. He will speak on “Independent Journalism, Democratic Self-Governance and Homeland [In]Security.”

Davis will discuss media performance after Sept. 11, the proper role of the media in times of crisis and beyond, and the responsibility borne by the news consumer for governing the nation’s leaders.

An associate professor in the news-editorial department at MU, Davis teaches a graduate course, Controls of Information, Journalism and Democracy, a capstone course for news-editorial students, and the school’s introductory course, Principles of American Journalism.

He worked for nearly 10 years as a journalist after his graduation from North Georgia College, working for newspapers, magazines and a news service in Georgia, Florida and Ireland.

As a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for UK publications, Davis reported on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism to return to school.

He completed a master’s degree from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida.

Davis continues to write for business and legal publications and pens dozens of editorials annually on press issues. He also conducts scholarly research on access to governmental information and new media law, including jurisdictional issues, intellectual property and on-line libel. He edited a book, “Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age,” for Iowa State University Press and contributes to “Communication and the Law,” a leading textbook in the field.

He has earned numerous journalism awards, including a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information. He received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching in 2002.