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Freedom of Information Congress March 27th at the U of M Will Address the Future of Journalism

For release: March 18, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

Michael Koretzky, Florida freelance journalist and author of the blog “,” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Freedom of Information Congress at the University of Memphis.  His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 27, in the University Center Theatre. He will discuss his own style of reporting as well as his views of the future of journalism and journalism education.

Currently the editor of several publications in South Florida, Koretzky also has experience as a reporter and editor for a number of newspapers in Florida, including the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.  He is a former regional director of the Society of Professional Journalists.  He won national recognition for his “Will Write for Food” project, which was created to bring college students together to produce a publication for the homeless.

Since 1982, the U of M’s Freedom of Information Congress has brought to campus some of the top names in journalism and has tackled some of the thorniest issues in the profession.  Earlier speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, best-selling author Rick Bragg, State Department Press Secretary Hodding Carter III, NPR’s judiciary correspondent Nina Totenberg, and noted journalists David Broder of The Washington Post and Bernard Kalb of CBS News.

In 1992, reporter Peter Arnett talked about his experiences as one of the few reporters to cover the start of the first Gulf War live from Bagdad.  In 2009, panelists debated whether the media had hastened the “racial divide” in Memphis; and in 2011, a panel discussion examined the role of the media during the investigation and prosecution of the West Memphis 3 case.

The FOI Congress is sponsored by the U of M Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the U of M Journalism Department and the Student Event Allocation office.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tom Hrach, assistant professor of journalism, at 901-678-4779 or


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