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February 5, 2002

Conference looks at Afghanistan coverage,
honors state's best political reporting

The Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento will honor some of the state's best political reporting and present panels of leading media experts at the eighth annual California Journalism Conference and Awards Dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The event will be co-hosted by the Sacramento Press Club.

"By recognizing quality reporting on state government and politics we hope to encourage this work," said Robbin Lewis-Coaxum, who is coordinating the conference.

Recipients of the print, radio and television awards will be named Feb. 8 and receive $500. The recipient of the student award will receive $300. Judging is by a panel of California Journalists.

The first of the two panels, at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, features Stan Atkinson, a retired news anchor and reporter; John Howard, bureau chief of the Orange County Register; and Paul Hosley, assistant director of news and programming at KCBS Radio San Francisco. The panelists will discuss "That Was Then, This is Now: How and Why California Journalists Covered the Gulf and Afgan Wars." It will be moderated by William A. Dorman, a CSUS government professor.

The second panel, at 5 p.m., will address "Finding the Angle: How California's Diverse Community News Media Determine Their Coverage of the War on Terrorism and Afghanistan." It will feature Aslam Adbullah, editor in chief of the Minaret and Muslim Observer newspapers; Fahizah Alim, senior writer at The Sacramento Bee; William Lee, owner and editor of the Sacramento Observer newspaper; and Kenji Taguma, a journalist for the Nichi Bei Times. The panel will be moderated by Donald Taylor, a CSUS communication studies professor.

Attending the reception, 6:15 p.m., and dinner, 7 p.m., costs $25. The panels are free. Registration, ending Feb. 20, and more information are available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.




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