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Discussion: How we talk about Silent Sam

March 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The School of Media and Journalism will host the discussion, “How We Talk About Silent Sam: The Roles of Journalism and Public Relations in Framing Conversations about a Confederate Monument.”

The Confederate monument known as Silent Sam has been in the news in North Carolina for nearly a century, particularly in the past few years. Journalists and public relations practitioners help shape how the public has viewed the monument’s longtime presence and recent removal from our campus.

This discussion asks: What are the roles and responsibilities of professional communicators in reflecting and leading the debate over Silent Sam?

Co-moderators for the discussion are Dr. Joseph M. Cabosky, assistant professor at School of Media and Journalism; and Lauren Houston, master’s student at School of Media and Journalism and former public relations representative at NASCAR.

The four panelists are Beth Keith, associate vice chancellor for communications at UNC-Chapel Hill; Vimal Patel, reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education; and two School of Media and Journalism students, Courtney Staton, producer of “Silence Sam” documentary; and Myah Ward, Daily Tar Heel city editor.

The event will take place as a special meeting of MEJO 101 The Media Revolution: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, and we have about 250 seats available. Use the link below to register for the event.



March 6, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm