Forum on local news coverage is tonight

09/19/07 Robert Lorei
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We're joined now by St. Petersburg Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans. He is also president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

Tonight the group is sponsoring a forum for the public about how to get news coverage for your neighborhood or community organization. The forum takes place at 7 p.m. in Fletcher Lounge at Plant Hall on the University of Tampa campus.

Deggans says "this promises to be a singular event -- connecting the area's top journalists to the community which they serve."

"The purpose of the forum is to provide an open discussion between the panel, which will include the area’s print and TV publications, and members of the community, including activist groups and neighborhood organizations, on how to pitch news."

Currently, panelists include top editors from the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, WUSF radio, Creative Loafing, WFLA-Ch. 8, WTSP-Ch. 10, WTVT-Ch. 13 and WFTS-Ch. 28.

The event is free and open to the public.

The two-hour event also includes a long Q&A session in which the panelists will take questions from the crowd.

Deggans also discussed the medai coverage surrounding the O.J. Simpson arrest, the tasering of the UF student on Monday and the Jena Six case.

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