Events

Photos taken by myself and others on ECU’s first-ever study abroad trip to London (Summer 2014).

 



In March of 2014, I spearheaded the viewing of  “The Central Park Five” followed by a panel discussion on the campus of ECU. 

The event was free and open to members of the ECU Community and the general public.

After a screening of “The Central Park Five” documentary, a panel discussion and audience Q&A session took place. THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. Below is audio from the Q&A. Information about the panel speakers is listed underneath the audio.

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ABOVE: SLIDESHOW. ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY: Christine Clift.
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Part 1: The Central Park Five panel discussion about news media coverage of crime stories. This is mostly audio coverage of the discussion with some photos, so, yes, your computer is working fine, but you will see a lot of black screen while listening to the discussion.

Part II: Audience question and Answer portion of panel discussion. Contains some excellent points about news media coverage and documentary-film making. The audience questions were excellent and the panel members were fabulous. Their answers were very eye-opening.

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Panel members included:

Ken Wyatt, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts and Media Production at East Carolina University. His documentaries include COLORED CONFEDERATES, PRAY FOR ERIC, and NIGGER OR NOT? which have won numerous awards and screened at a horde of juried festivals, TV airings, museums, and educational and community venues worldwide. Examples of his work can be viewed at http://www.kenwyatt.com. In addition, he has industry experience with various TV stations and film productions along the eastern seaboard. To date, he has received nearly $200,000 in grants and fellowships for his research and creative activity.

Suzanne Molhan, Victim Advocate for ECU’s Police Department and author of the book, “A Mother’s Mission: The Sue Molhan Story.”

Charles Twardy is a journalism instructor in ECU’s School of Communication. He is a former staff writer for newspapers including The Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer, and he has written for publications ranging from Metropolis to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also done commentary for National Public Radio. He teaches Media Writing, Feature Writing, Basic Reporting and Sports Writing.

Kristen Hunter, an East Carolina University graduate, who earned a BS in Communication with a double concentration in Broadcast Journalism and Public Health. After graduation, she worked for WNCT Channel 9 as a general assignment news reporter and producer before being named as the new public information officer of Greenville Police Department in November of 2013.

Chase Kroll, a Communication student and Editor in Chief of The East Carolinian, ECU’s student-run newspaper. Kroll has also served as an internship for MLB (Major League Baseball) Publishing in New York City during the summer of 2013. An an intern, he helped edit and promote the World Series Program as well as other publications. He also did an internship for ECU’s PURPLE! Magazine.

This event received funding from the ECU Division of Student Affairs Co-Curricular Collaboration Program and is also an approved Wellness Passport Event.

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