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Media Changes Affecting International News Is Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Presentation

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2006

Lets Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — Changes in U.S. media and news coverage that affect the quality of the international information to which we are exposed will be the topic of a Jan. 25 luncheon presentation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Arlyn Anderson, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of communication and journalism, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. Anderson's talk, titled "Crises in International Media at the Start of a New Century," will examine U.S. media and news coverage generally toward the close of the 20th century and the start of the 21st.

"People need to be aware that the changes in news reporting means the quality of international news which informs our understanding of the global world is vastly different from just a few decades ago," Anderson said.

Anderson will look at the trend of newscasts worldwide, since the early 1990s, toward stronger entertainment orientations and profit making. He will also discuss some of the hidden crises of the U.S. media and news coverage.

The next "Let's Do Lunch" presentation, "Earnings and Incomes in Eau Claire and Other Wisconsin Cities" will be given by Edward Young, Ph.D., professor of economics, on Feb. 22.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266 for more information.

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