This month, Channel 4 San Diego will be airing the annual “Report Card on the Media” event, which PLNU hosted on Jan. 26 at the Fermanian Business Center
Three well-known newsmakers made up this year’s “payback panel,” where they were each able to give the media a grade based on the coverage their stories received in 2011. The panel included Mark Fabiani, William Lansdowne, and Carrie McGonigle. Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the San Diego Chargers, discussed the media’s portrayal of the Chargers’ search for a new stadium. San Diego Police Department Chief William Lansdowne discussed coverage of misconduct and morale within his police department. Finally, Carrie McGonigle described the news coverage on her missing daughter, Amber Dubois, and on the man who murdered her. Moderated and hosted by Channel 4 station manager Dennis Morgigno, the one-hour program gives insight into the thoughts and feelings of those spotlighted in the news in order to bring reality to their experiences and eliminate any falsities that may have been portrayed by the media.
This program aired on March 6 at 9 p.m. and will again air on March 15 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 7:30 p.m., and March 29 at 9 p.m. The event was sponsored by the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists where PLNU professor Sue Atkins is president of the local chapter. PLNU students videotaped the event to air on San Diego’s Cox and Time Warner Channel 4.