Sesno Moderates Panels on Media Coverage in Wartime

Posted: September 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Frank Sesno, University Professor of Public Policy and Communication and former senior vice president and Washington, D.C., bureau chief of CNN, is using his expertise on journalism to moderate several high-profile sessions on media coverage in a climate of war.

On Sept. 23 he moderated a Media Institute panel on national security and unauthorized leaks. Today he will moderate a Council on Foreign Relations panel on foreign press coverage of America’s terror war. On Oct. 6 he will moderate a panel at a National Press Club event releasing the Markle Report, “Protecting America’s Freedom in the Information Age.”

“This is not the kind of war where there are divisions moving slowly and methodically across a battlefield, [and reporters are] filing dispatches from the front,” said Sesno in a recent Broadcasting & Cable article on media access during a time of unconventional war. “Technology enables us to embed or incorporate reporting on the ground or as close to the action as possible. This will be an ongoing dispute and an ongoing problem. Television now has the technology (and the channels) to cover wars instantaneously. That’s the conflict.”

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