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Town and Gown series to address mass media in a changing world

JACKSON, Tenn.April 15, 2009 – The changing media environment will be the topic for the next Town and Gown series at Union University on Thursday nights from April 16-May 14.

The Town and Gown series is an opportunity for community members interested in various topics to attend lectures and participate in discussions in a classroom setting. The classes are free and open to the public.

The upcoming series, “Mass Media in a Changing World,” will include addresses from professionals in various media outlets who will discuss changes in the media and how those changes are affecting their audiences.

“In a democratic society news is important, and informed people make the best choices,” said Union journalism professor Michael Chute. “With changes in communication, moves to partisan press, losing some media outlets and the buying up of others by big corporations, that really can impact the flow of information and the way citizens can make good decisions.”

Scheduled topics and speakers for each week are:

Classes will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will meet in room D-52 in the Penick Academic Complex. For more information, call Chute at (731) 661-6594.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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