SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court Coverage and Cases - Panel 1


Athens, Ga. - Some of the nation's preeminent Supreme Court journalists and scholars, including the publisher and editor of the only blog to win a Peabody Award, discussed Supreme Court coverage and cases on Sept. 9 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The event, titled "SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court Coverage and Cases," featured Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog and veteran Supreme Court litigator; Amy Howe, attorney and SCOTUSblog editor; Pete Williams, NBC News Justice correspondent; Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for the National Law Journal; and Janet Murray, media professor at Georgia Tech and a member of the Board of the Peabody Awards. The program was sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Peabody Awards and the University of Georgia School of Law.

"The story of Peabody Award-winning SCOTUSblog is one of entrepreneurship, innovation and ultimately of the triumph of solid journalism in a marketplace rife with opinion and spin," said Grady College Dean Charles Davis. "We have a veritable Who's Who to discuss coverage of the United States Supreme Court and the many ways in which digital media alter the landscape."

The first panel, held from 9 to 10:15 a.m., focused on the rise of SCOTUSblog to preeminence as a source of information about the Supreme Court. Moderated by Peabody Awards Director Jeffrey Jones, the panel discussed how the SCOTUSblog developed into one of the most comprehensive and trusted sources of information about the Supreme Court.

"In awarding SCOTUSblog a Peabody, the board recognized the important role SCOTUSblog plays in communicating timely, accurate and detailed information to citizens about the high court," Jones said.

The second session, held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., analyzed Supreme Court coverage in the digital age. This session, moderated by Grady College telecommunications professor Bill Lee, focused on how digital media have influenced coverage of the court.

Panelists in the final session from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. shared insights into the Roberts Court and discussed the court's upcoming term. Moderated by Sonja R. West, associate professor of law and former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerk, this panel looked more directly at recent cases and current issues before the court.

"The law school is pleased to play a role in bringing this program on the U.S. Supreme Court to the university and broader communities," Georgia Law Dean Rebecca Hanner White said. "The press plays a key role in sharing information and educating the public about our nation's highest court. SCOTUSblog has become a reliable and reputable source in this important task, and programs such as this help to further erode some of the mystery surrounding the Supreme Court."

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