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Alan Chartock Talks Media Truth, Trust, and Contemporary Journalism

Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—On Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Dr. Alan Chartock will discuss the explosive growth of media outlets and its impact on contemporary journalism and the public’s consumption. The free event will take place in the McConnell Theater, the Daniel Arts Center.

In the lecture, “Alan Chartock Talks Media,” he will consider such questions as: Is "objective reporting" possible in this kind of media environment? How do consumers know which media sources to trust? Are consumers so saturated by media that they just tune out? Or is our democracy energized by all the new media activity, with its much more open access for ordinary citizens?

Chartock will also consider the changing business model for journalism and the effect of media monopolies and shrinking local resources on the traditional watchdog role of the press.

Dr. Alan Chartock is President and CEO of the WAMC radio network and professor emeritus of politics and communications at the State University of New York. A resident of Great Barrington, Chartock is a broadcaster, educator, syndicated columnist, newspaper publisher and musician. He is the founder of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a 20-station regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

He is also Executive Publisher and Project Director of the Legislative Gazette, the newspaper of New York state government. His syndicated column on politics appears in newspapers throughout New York State, and a second column, I Publius, appears in The Berkshire Eagle each Saturday. In addition to hosting WAMC's long running Media Project and Capitol Connection series - which are heard on public radio stations around New York and the nation - Alan Chartock hosts the popular "Medical Monday" edition of WAMC's call-in program, Vox Pop, as well as WAMC's "In Conversation with..." series, featuring Dr. Chartock in one-on-one conversations with authors, artists and newsmakers of the day.

Chartock has won numerous awards at SUNY including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and The SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development Award for Educational Achievement. In 2007, he received the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award from the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the Sage Colleges and Western New England College, in recognition of his distinguished record of public service. He is the author of Me and Mario Cuomo: Conversations in Candor, published by Barricade Books.