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“Reporting on Rape” — panel discussion

Reporting on RapeSpecial Event
April 28, 2016 at the University of Virginia
Wilson Hall, Room 301, 4-530p

The Center for Media and Citizenship, along with ProPublica and the University of Virginia’s Department of Media Studies, was honored to host this special event on April 28, 2016 on Grounds at the University.

Panelists Siva Vaidhyanathan, Andrea Press and T. Christian Miller joined in a wide-ranging discussion on the ethics, pitfalls and best practices surrounding rape investigations. This event was inspired by a recent investigation from ProPublica, in partnership with The Marshall Project, that demonstrated how to cover such sensitive subjects, as well as the famously debunked 2014 Rolling Stone article that centered on a UVA student’s account of an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house.

Siva Vaidhyanthan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and the Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship. His books include The Googlization of Everything: And Why We Should Worry. Amazon. Twitter.

Anrdea Press is a Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at UVA. Her books include Women Watching Television: Gender, Class And Generation In The American Television Experience. Amazon. Twitter.

T. Christian Miller is a Pulitzer Prize -winning investigative reporter for ProPublica. Website. Twitter.

The panelists were introduced by the Chair of the Department of Media Studies, Hector Amaya, whose books include Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War. Amazon.

Our thanks to Valerie Larsen and Claude Levet with the University’s Arts and Sciences Center for Instructional Technology. This event was held from 4-530p on Thursday April 28 in Room 301, Wilson Hall, on Grounds at the University of Virginia. This video is a recording of the livestream.

Click here for news coverage of the event by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.