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28th Annual Caulfield Lecture

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28th Annual Caulfield Lecture
Baltimore: One Year Later Reporting on the Riots, the Repercussions and Recovery
5pm, McGuire Hall

About the Event

The Caulfield Lecture is hosted annually by the Department of Communication thanks to the generous support of the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun.  Now in it’s 28th year, this year’s lecture, “Baltimore One Year Later: Reporting on the Riots, the Repercussions and Recovery,” will feature a dialogue between Jennifer Gilbert and Kai Jackson, co-anchors of Baltimore’s Fox 45 Evening News, about their experience covering the Freddie Gray case, and the resulting community reaction. Jackson and Gilbert will also focus on the ethical issues and concerns that arise when covering such a controversial and significant story.

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About the Speakers

Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 28 years experience covering local, national and international news & stories for affiliate and network television news. Kai has been working as the main co-anchor, with Jennifer Gilbert, for WBFF FOX45 since January of 2015. In December 2013 Kai left WJZ to work at Fox45’s parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group. He spent a year as national correspondent covering accountability and government waste. Kai is also the co-founder of DocYourmentary a film company dedicated to short documentaries, short feature films and corporate videos.

Jennifer Gilbert is an Emmy award winning television news anchor at WBFF Fox 45 Baltimore. Since joining FOX45 in 1993, Jennifer has covered some of the biggest stories in Baltimore, including the riots in the spring of 2015. She has traveled nationally and internationally, to cover disasters including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jennifer had the good fortune to return to New Orleans in 2013 to cover the Baltimore Ravens’ victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Jennifer has also served as an Affiliate Instructor of Communications at Loyola University of Maryland.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  1. What role does the media play in an event such as the Baltimore unrest? What standards and/or ethics should media be held accountable to-and how does that track with the duty of the journalist/media to report news and information that people need? Is there a difference involving how local media and national media covered the event and how is it impactful or important?
  2. How can you cover such a charged event in a world where we are so divided over race, rights, responsibilities, safety, etc.? What tactics or tools can prove useful in providing this type of coverage? How can you tell a compelling, interesting story when there are so many sides and so much controversy?
  3. What types of stories can be told now that we are a year out from the unrest? Should there be a certain focus on one topic or another?
  4. What is the role of the media to and in the community? The community to the media? How does the media serve the community both during and after events such as the unrest?  Are there certain responsibilities the media has in continuing coverage of these types of events?
  5. How can all of us (media, the Baltimore community, perhaps even on a national/global scale) work together to find solutions to the problems of our society brought out by these events (in Baltimore and other states)?
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