panel of journalism educators and business leaders will share their
ideas about integration of media and respond to audience questions
during a symposium March 26 at Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Edward H.
Hammond, FHSU president, invited the panelists for the symposium that is
intended to help steer a new direction for campus news media in the
wake of the suspension of the student newspaper, The University Leader.
The last printed issue of The Leader appeared on newsstands on Jan. 31. A
reduction in funding from the Student Government Association, together
with inadequate advertising revenue, forced it to cease publishing
printed editions. An online version of The Leader continues.
The symposium is
scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in the Black and Gold
Room on the second floor of FHSU's Memorial Union. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
-Scott Reinardy, associate professor and chair of the News and Information Track in the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas;
-Gary Shorman, president and CEO of Eagle Communications, which is headquartered in Hays;
-Ralph Gage, director of special projects for The Lawrence Journal-World;
-Pat Lowry, editor and publisher of The Hays Daily News; and
-Laura York Guy, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Press Association, first vice president of Kansas Collegiate Media, and media instructor and media adviser at Garden City Community College.
President Hammond appointed a Task Force on Dissemination of News and Information, which will submit
recommendations by April 19 in time to be considered in the budget for
fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1.
"The charge to the task force is to
review the media needs and aspirations of the FHSU community and then to
develop recommendations aimed at increasing student engagement and
implementing a multi-media model for the dissemination of
student-produced news, information, analysis, opinion and
entertainment," he said.
The staff of The
Leader had requested emergency funding from the president, but he
declined, opting instead to seize the situation as an opportunity to
create a new model for student media. President Hammond described the
symposium as an important step in providing information for the task
"FHSU is looking
not to reduce its investment in the dissemination of news and
information but to strengthen engagement with members of our community
in responsible and efficient ways," the president said.
In an interesting
new development since the task force began its work, the Student
Government Association voted to restore funding for The Leader for the
2013-2014 academic year. Meeting with the task force last week, President Hammond said funding for
an integrated model of delivery was not part of their charge, so the SGA
decision to allocate $51,000 to The Leader next year was not pertinent
to their work.
At the same meeting, Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost, urged members of the task force not to lose the opportunity they had been given to do something different with print media. Gould said the work of the task force had created excitement within the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
"They are looking forward to seeing what we do,"
he said. "This can bring great attention to FHSU."
The task force
plans an open forum sometime during the week following the symposium to
give members of the university community an opportunity to express their
thoughts about new directions for student media. Therefore, audience
questions during the symposium should be focused on tapping into the experience and knowledge of the panelists.
Members of the Task Force on Dissemination of News and Information:
-Dr. Paul Faber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, chair;
-Dr. Scott Robson, chair of the Department of Communication Studies;
-Stephen Schleicher, chair of the Department of Informatics;
-Ron Rohlf, instructor of informatics;
-Dr. Chapman Rackaway, associate professor of political science;
-Shana Meyer, assistant vice president of student affairs;
-Jennifer Robinson, graphics and animation specialist in the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology;
-Gentry Heimerman, Halstead junior; and
-Matthew Whitmore, St. Francis senior.
The symposium will be broadcast live on the FHSU website -- www.fhsu.edu
-- and on the student television station,KFHS. The broadcast will be archived for later viewing.