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Washington Watchdogs: An Endangered Species?

AU's American Forum to examine future of indepth journalism in nation's capital

WHAT:   An American Forum:  Washington Watchdogs—An Endangered Species?
WHO:      Bill Kovach, founding chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists
                Suzanne Struglinski, senior editor, Provider magazine
                Mark Whitaker, senior vice president & Washington bureau chief, NBC News
                Melinda Wittstock founder and CEO, Capitol News Connection
                Wendell Cochran, associate professor, American University (moderator)

WHERE:   Rooms 3–5, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN:     7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 17
MEDIA:  Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Newspapers across the nation are declaring bankruptcy and shutting down. Television stations and networks announce rounds of layoffs as their viewers turn away and advertising dollars dry up. The upheaval has even made its way to top-ten media markets, such as  Washington, D.C., where numerous news bureaus have fallen victim to the trend.

During a time that questions have arisen about the future of the news media—as well as that of investigative and in-depth journalism— American University’s American Forum will drill down deeper into what many say is a crisis in the survival of news coverage in the nation’s capital.

Bill Kovach, founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Suzanne Struglinski, senior editor of Provider magazine; Mark Whitaker, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News, and Melinda Wittstock, founder and CEO of Capitol News Connection are panelists.  Wendell Cochran, an associate professor of print journalism at AU, will moderate the discussion.

An American Forum, an initiative of AU’s School of Communication, is a series of panel discussions that brings together academics, journalists, elected officials, and public policy makers to address and debate critical issues.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.