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Lecture - Media Myths

The C2-28 Lecture Room in the Center for Business and Industry at the corner of 18th and Callowhill streets.

Communications professor and author W. Joseph Campbell debunks prominent media-driven myths -- those well-known stories about and/or by the news media that are widely believed and often retold but which, under scrutiny, dissolve as apocryphal or wildly exaggerated. These myths include the hero-journalist interpretation of Watergate, the famous "Cronkite Moment" of 1968, and the myth of superlative r eporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- all of which are addressed in Campbell's 2010 book, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.

W. Joseph Campbell is a tenured full professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. He joined the University’ s faculty in 1997, after more than 20 years as a newspaper and wire service journalist.

Dr. Campbell is the author of five books, all of which have been published since 1998. His most recent work, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism, debunks 10 prominent media-driven myths. Getting It Wrong was published in 2010 by the University of California Press and won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Sigma Delta Chi award for Research about Journalism.

Among Dr. Campbell’s other books are The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms (2006) and Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies (2001).

Dr. Campbell is a past winner of the American University student government’s "faculty member of the year" award. Dr. Campbell has taught 17 different courses at American University, including "Media Myth and Power."

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