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President McDavis addresses media at April press briefing

ATHENS, Ohio (April 5, 2006) -- Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, April 5, in Cutler Hall to update them about the university's latest news and initiatives.

The president began by inviting members of the media to attend the first conference focused exclusively on the ethics of blogging. Ohio University's Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism are sponsoring a conference called "Blogging and Online Journalism: New Media, New Challenges, New Ethics," which will take place April 7 and 8 at Ohio University, he said.

The purpose of the conference, which focuses on political blogs, is to jumpstart a dialogue about the ethical and professional pitfalls of the new media among professional reporters, college students, and academics who study journalism trends and ethics. The event will include speakers, panelists, and student participants from universities around the United States and Canada, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

McDavis reported that educators from all over the world will meet in Athens today through Sunday, April 9, for the annual Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching conference. The Ohio University College of Education is hosting the conference, which will take place at the Ohio University Inn. COST is a program that allows students majoring in education to fulfill their student teaching requirements abroad while immersing themselves in a different culture and school system.

The president invited members of the media to take advantage of a special opportunity to learn about the event: a lunch with conference participants at noon on Friday, April 7, at the Ohio University Inn. The COST program and conference represent Ohio University's goal of increasing partnerships throughout the world, creating a community of students who come from diverse backgrounds, and helping students become globally-aware, creative, and reflective decision-makers.

McDavis announced that yesterday, The E.W. Scripps Company and the Scripps Howard Foundation Board made a $15 million gift to Ohio University's College of Communication. This gift, combined with past giving to the college, totals $20 million. In addition, its completion will mark a half century of partnering with Ohio University.

The president said that this level of generosity will leave a lasting legacy of the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company at Ohio University. He said he will make a recommendation to the Ohio University Board of Trustees at its April meeting that the College of Communication carry the name the Scripps College of Communication. The naming of a college at our university is a significant honor and raises the national prominence of the entire university, the president said.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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