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August 4, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
202-994-3087; massella@gwu.edu

"THIS JUST IN!" - NEWSEUM AND GW GLOBAL MEDIA INSTITUTE LAUNCH SERIES EXPLORING PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF JOURNALISM

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to Fund Radio and Web-based Series Hosted by Veteran Network Correspondent Sam Litzinger

Program to Debut on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and Federal News Radio in Washington August 23, 2009

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Global Media Institute has announced the launch of a radio and Web-based educational series exploring the role of the press in our democracy. Titled "This Just In!", the series will be produced in association with the Newseum, America's only museum dedicated to the history of journalism. The project is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

The series, comprising one-hour, weekly programs exploring the story of news and the people behind the headlines, will be hosted by veteran network correspondent Sam Litzinger and produced by GW's Heather Date. Students in GW's School of Media and Public Affairs will provide research and production assistance. The project will be managed and directed by Michael Freedman, executive director of GW's Global Media Institute. 

"From Gutenberg to Google, technological innovations have helped transform journalism," said Freedman. "As we strive to meet the new challenges of the 21st Century, our series is designed to take a fun look at the evolution of news and what the past teaches us about the future. We look forward to collaborating with the Newseum on this project and are honored to be supported by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation."

Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum, said, "In an often polarized and political environment, it's easy to lose sight of the pivotal role of a free press in a free society. We're pleased to work with The George Washington University Global Media Institute to help provide insight and perspective on America's evolving news media."

"This Just In!" will debut nationwide on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio on August 23, 2009. New editions of the program will air each Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on XM's Public Radio Channel 133. An encore edition of each program will air the following Saturday night at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
 
The series - which will include audio walking tours of Newseum exhibits; interviews with curators, historians and journalists; and special seminars and symposia - also will air locally in Washington, D.C., on Federal News Radio (1500 AM) each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. In addition, it will be available online at www.globalmedia.gwu.edu as well as www.newseum.org.

Host Sam Litzinger is a multi-award winning network news correspondent and moderator. Litzinger is a CBS Radio Network News anchor. His long and distinguished career also includes service at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and the BBC in London.

Michael Freedman is a former general manager of CBS Radio Network News and former managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International. He is a professor of media and public affairs at GW and the founding executive director of the university's Global Media Institute. 

The George Washington University Global Media Institute is helping lead the public dialogue on the transformation of journalism in the 21st Century. The institute produces the highly acclaimed "Kalb Report" public television series in partnership with The National Press Club and Harvard's Shorenstein Center. The institute also produces "GW Presents American Jazz," a two-hour, weekly series presented in association with Tony Bennett's Exploring the Arts Foundation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The program, hosted by Dick Golden, airs on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. The institute is affiliated with the School of Media and Public Affairs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Political Management in the College of Professional Studies.

The Newseum - a 250,000-square-foot museum of news - offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (65 and older), $13 for youth (7 to 18). Annual memberships also are available. For additional information, the public may call 888-NEWSEUM (888-639-7386) or visit newseum.org.

For more information regarding GW's Global Media Institute, visit www.globalmedia.gwu.edu.

For more information about the Newseum, visit www.newseum.org.

For more information about Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, visit: www.journalismfoundation.org.

For more information regarding GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, visit www.smpa.gwu.edu.

For more information regarding GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, visit www.columbian.gwu.edu.

For more information regarding GW's Graduate School of Political Management, visit www.gspm.org.

For more news about The George Washington University, visit www.gwnewscenter.org.

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