National Geogaphic senior editor, open records, ethics part of Elliott School's Comm Week

6:51:30 AM CDT - Thursday, October 07, 2004

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The timely topics of election coverage, media ethics and open records will be among the panel discussions held during WSU's Comm Week Oct. 20-22, sponsored by the Elliott School of Communication.

The week will also feature a talk by Cliff Tarpy, a senior editorial staff member of National Geographic who is being honored as the school's distinguished alumnus.

Tarpy will give the talk "National Geographic: A Writer's Paradise" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in 215-218 Rhatigan Student Center.

Tarpy has indeed enjoyed a writer's paradise at the distinguished magazine, writing about the National Mall, an unlooted tomb of a Mayan king, Pueblo ancestors, and articles about his native city and state, Wichita and Kansas.

Comm Week will open Oct. 20 with the session "Media Coverage of the '04 Election" in 215-218 RSC at 9:30 a.m. Panelists will be community activist Sheryl Wohlford, WSU political science professor Mel Kahn, KSNW-TV news director Todd Spessard, and Wichita Eagle political correspondent Alan Bjerga.

Kansas open records will be discussed in three sessions, starting at 1:30, 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in the RSC east ballroom. Among the panelists at the 2:15 p.m. session are Lawrence Journal-World managing editor Ric Brack and media law attorney Mike Merriam. Merriam and the Journal-World were involved in a recent open records case in which the University of Kansas was told to reveal the salary of its athletics director.

Media ethics will be the featured topic at the 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 session in 215-218 RSC. Former Wichita Eagle editor Buzz Merritt will moderate panelists Mike Kautsch, University of Kansas School of Law; Phillip Meyer, Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Wichita Eagle publisher Lou Heldman.

For a complete Comm Week schedule, contact the Elliott School, 978-3185.

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