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Monday, April 16

10:15am PDT

Law & Policy Paper Competition

The Law & Policy Division's paper competition presents this year's paper winners.
Vice Chair/Paper Competition Chair: Marilyn Terzic, McGill University
Debut Paper Competition
Leah P. Hunter, Florida State University; Feats, Foibles, & Failures: Minority Ownership policy and the FCC’s inability to enact long-term change
Open Paper Competition
1st Place: Dale Herbeck, Boston College; Rereading New YorkTimes v. Sullivan: The Importance of Procedure in Libel Cases
2nd Place: Matthew Bunker, University of Alabama; Through a Glass Darkly: The Influence of the Transformative Use Doctrine on Fair Use in Broadcast News
Respondent: Stanley Tickton, Norfolk State University

Monday April 16, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am PDT
Pavilion 10

11:45am PDT

Telcom Update 2012
Has Net Neutrality gone the way of the Fairness Doctrine? The 2011 FCC report on the changing media landscape points to problems in the evolution of media. Are current regulatory paradigms out of sync with the evolving technology? Will there ever be changes in media ownership rules? Is the Senate Select Committee hiding ways that the government uses surveillance? These and other timely tidbits will be discussed in this year's annual Telcom Update panel. Moderator: Fritz Messere, SUNY - Oswego
Panelists: Laurie Lee, University of Nebraska @ Lincoln
Paul MacArthur, Utica College
Kimberly Zarkin, Westminster College
Dom Caristi, Ball State University

Monday April 16, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Pavilion 10

2:45pm PDT

Always Get It in Writing: Production Agreements for Today's Media World
The media world has changed. Have your production agreements also changed? What production agreements do you need today? What types of agreements might you need tomorrow? This panel, composed of three attorneys with experience in media, entertainment and intellectual property law will answers these plus other critical production legal questions. Moderator: Vinay Shrivastava, San Francisco State University
Panelists: Miriam Smith, San Francisco State; Stewart Kellar, working professional; John Da Corsi, working professional

Monday April 16, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Conference Room 2

4:15pm PDT

The Fairness Doctrine: What Have we Learned 25 Years After its Demise?
August 2012 will mark 25 years since the Fairness Doctrine was no longer enforced by the FCC. What’s happened over the past 25 years and what might happen over the next 25 years concerning electronic media content regulation. This panel will establish the history of the Fairness Doctrine, efforts to codify it and the future given current technology and social changes. Moderator: David Spiceland, Appalachian State University
Panelists: David Spiceland, Appalachian State University; The Unknown History of the Fairness Doctrine
Frank Aycock, Appalachian State University; The Fairness Doctrine and the Challenge of New Technologies
Richard Vogel, William Penn University; Do more sources mean better quality? Is fairness a function of gatekeepers in the age of new sources?
Fritz Messere, SUNY – Oswego; Does 24/7 news and entertainment spell the absolute end of the Fairness Doctrine?

Monday April 16, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 2
Tuesday, April 17

9:15am PDT

Public Broadcasting: At the Tipping Point?

As the federal government struggles with ballooning deficits and the debt ceiling, the U.S. public broadcasting system faces its most significant challenge in decades. This panel examines historical and contemporary issues that have led up to the current situation, and discusses the possibilities for the future of public broadcasting in America.
Moderator: Alan Stavitsky, University of Nevada
Panelists: Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College; Building Public Broadcasting: The Rise and Fall of the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program
Glenda Balas, University of New Mexico; Tipping Point or Glide Path? An Examination of Threat, Risk, and Institutional Change in Public Television
Robert Avery, University of Utah; Public Media at the Crossroads: Strategies for Making It Through the Light
John Armstrong, Furman University; I’m Not Dead Yet: Public Broadcasting Meets the Tea Party in South Carolina

Tuesday April 17, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Pavilion 3

10:45am PDT

Law and Policy Division Business Meeting

The Law and Policy Division's mission is to assist fellow teachers, researchers and practitioners in electronic media law and policy. Their goals and objectives are to foster ownership of the process of educating potential electronic media leaders and teachers about law; to prepare electronic media students for leadership roles by providing meaning to the phrase "the public interest, convenience and necessity"; to instill the notion of the "public interest" among potential users and leaders of the electronic media; to help new teachers of L & P by initiating and continuing a dialogue about the process of teaching in this area; to foster discussion about the nature of the Curriculum of law and policy; to educate potential users about their responsibilities to use the mass media as mechanisms for social change and improvement; and to initiate research into the fields of law and policy.
Law & Policy Division Chair: Cindie Yanow, Southeast Missouri State University


Tuesday April 17, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Conference Room 5

12:00pm PDT

Currrent Issues in Law and Policy

This year the longest-running BEA convention session in history begins with a special presentation of the first BEA Law and Policy Division “Lifetime Achievement Award” to former FCC Chairman Richard E. Wiley, who currently heads the Wiley Rein LLP communications law practice in Washington, DC.   As part of his long career in public service and private law practice, Wiley served as Chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service – a group that played a key role in the development of digital television and HDTV in the United States.   His address to BEA will offer his perspectives on today’s key communications challenges and developments.

Following the presentation of the award and remarks from its recipient, the annual panel presentation will address a wide range of important legal and policy issues being addressed by Congress, the Administration, the FCC and other agencies, as well as in the states and in academia. Representatives of the federal government and industry trade associations, plus leading communications law and technical experts will provide attendees with insights and answers on a wide range of topics relating to electronic communications and media.

Presentation of the BEA Law and Policy Division “Lifetime Achievement Award” to:
Richard E. Wiley, Esq., Wiley Rein, LLP

Moderator: Barry D. Umansky, Esq., Ball State University
Panelists: Peter Doyle, Esq., Federal Communications Commission
Ann Bobeck, Esq., National Association of Broadcasters
Davina S. Sashkin, Esq., Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Kelly T. Williams, National Association of Broadcasters

Tuesday April 17, 2012 12:00pm - 1:15am PDT
Pavilion 9

4:15pm PDT

Young Adults in Three Venues Respond to Media: New Findings

Young adults in a mid-Atlantic state offer affective responses to public service announcements.
Young adults in a southwestern metropolitan area show preferences for presentations of television weather information. Young adults in a Pacific coastal area exhibit similarities and differences in video processing time. Findings have implications for research or law and policy or both. Moderator: Kenneth Harwood, University of Houston
Panelists: Amber Westcott-Baker, University of California, Santa Barbara; Young Adults and Video Processing Over Time
Steven Garry, Arizona State University; Television Weather Content: What Younger Viewers Like
Erin Ash, Pennsylvania State University; Affective Responses of Young Adults to Public Service Announcements on Hunger Among Blacks and Whites
Respondent: Cindie Yanow, Southeast Missouri State University

Tuesday April 17, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Pavilion 1