THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
|8:30 – 9:30 am:||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|9:30 – 9:45 am:||
Claire Finkelstein, Algeron Biddle of Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School and CERL Faculty Director
Michael Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean and Professor of Communication, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
|9:45 – 11:00 am:||
Session 1 – The carnage of war, terrorist attacks, and classified information: What are a journalist’s ethical limits on reporting? Beyond the coverage of acts of terror, journalists’ textual and photographic coverage of armed conflict and violent atrocities abroad (e.g., lines of refugees, grief-stricken mothers, images of American soldiers in body bags) can have a direct influence on public opinion and, thus, impact the counterterror efforts of governments. News outlets say they operate with the understanding that what they choose to cover and how they choose to do so shapes public discourse. To what extent, then, should journalists and their publishers pursue the dissemination of coverage related to violence and terror given the risk of dangerous blowback at home and abroad? How should this risk be balanced against the need for an informed society and educated public debate? What actual choices do editors have, given the constraints of audience, budget and attention?
|11:00 – 11:30 am:||Break (refreshments served)|
|11:30 am – 12:45 pm:||
|12:45 – 2:15 pm:||Lunch [location TBD]|
|2:15 – 3:30 pm:||
Session 3 – Court subpoenas and government surveillance: Have our laws left journalists too exposed? Mass surveillance, targeted surveillance, data retention, expanded and broad anti-terror measures and national security laws all compromise the ability of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. Journalists have also been complicit: their cyber hygiene is often subpar. What are best practices in this area? Should reporters’ metadata be granted additional protection under the law? Do laws and governmental practices intimidate and inhibit effective journalism?
Moderator: Carrie Cordero
|3:30 – 4:00 pm:||Break (refreshments served)|
|4:00 – 4:30 pm:||Transportation to the National Constitution Center (NCC)|
|5:00 – 6:30 pm:||
Keynote Panel – Freedom of the Press and National Security: Reconciling Competing Values in Democratic Governance (moderated discussion) at the NCC
This Keynote Panel has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable toThe Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
|6:30 – 7:30 pm:||
Cocktails for conference participants at the NCC
|7:30 – 9:00 pm:||Dinner for conference participants at the NCC|
|9:15 – 9:30 pm:||Transportation to the Warwick Hotel|
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
|8:30 – 9:30 am:||Continental Breakfast|
|9:30 – 10:45 am:||
|10:45 – 11:15 am:||Break (refreshments served)|
|11:15 am – 12:30 pm:||
|12:30 – 1:30 pm:||Lunch [location TBD]:|
|1:30 – 2:45 pm:||
Session 6 – National Security Journalism In the Age of Trump: Although change in journalism is constant, no single factor has so rapidly upended the decision rules that reporters and editors abide by than the man who now has the power of the executive branch at his command: President Donald Trump. Should journalists treat him as simply another power to hold to account? As an existential threat to democracy? Do aggressive efforts to restore political norms violate journalism’s ethical codes? How can journalists better persuade audiences about the importance of critical national security matters in this age of information anarchy?
Moderator: Katherine Eban
|2:45 – 3:00 pm:||Concluding remarks by CERL Faculty Director Prof. Claire Finkelstein|