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What's News? Media Literacy (2006)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-10-18

Duration: 00:56:45

Subjects: Media literacy | Public opinion | Journalists | Filmed panel discussions | Cable Television


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Jones, Wendell Interviewee
  • Wilson, Brooke Interviewee
  • Cartledge, Frank Interviewee
  • Buggs, Ed Interviewee
  • Camp, John Interviewee
  • Erickson, Emily Interviewee
  • Kleinpeter, Sharon Interviewee
  • Redman, Carl Interviewee
  • Bergeron, Rodney Speaker
  • Devillier, Guy Speaker
  • Warren, Conrad Speaker
  • Brandon, Cheryl Major Speaker
  • Robichaux, Richard Speaker
  • Grossley, Lillian Speaker
  • Sanner, William Speaker
  • Franks, Brenda Speaker
  • Sukkar, Ma'Moun Speaker
  • Power, Ted Panelist
  • Elkins, Jan Panelist
  • Mann, Bob Panelist
  • Metzgar, Emily Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 18, 2006, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the relationship between Louisiana citizens and the news media, specifically focusing on news literacy and the rise of web-based news sources. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Wendell Jones and Brooke Wilson, LSU students; Ed Buggs, talk radio host; John Camp, retired investigative journalist; Emily Erickson, a professor of journalism at LSU; Sharon Kleinpeter of Cox Communications; and Carl Redman, the managing editor at The Advocate newspaper. The audience members then discuss their views on the purpose of news media, how to decipher facts and opinions in the news, and the effects of for-profit news agencies. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Ted Powers, president of The Daily Advertiser and The Daily World; Jan Elkins, community projects director at KTBS in Shreveport; Bob Mann, the former director of communications for Governor Blanco; and Emily Metzgar, blogger and LSU Mass Communications PhD student. They discuss: the limits to what should and should not be aired on the news, if news agencies are responsible for mobilizing social action in communities, and how web-based media is changing how people access global news. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman