EU hosts media and law panel

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 10:06 PM

When crime happens, how do you find out about it? Whether it’s through television, the Internet, or the radio, you hear about the latest crimes, accidents or events via media.

The media and the law enforcement hold a relationship that is important for both fields, as well as the general public.

Tonight, a panel of experts are headed to Edinboro University to explore the relationship between journalists and law enforcement professionals as part of Edinboro University’s “Media and Law Enforcement: A Complicated and Critical Relationship” discussion. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 107A of Compton Hall.

The panelists include Lou Baxter, news director with WJET/FOX66/; Craig Haller, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh and Dan Lane, public information officer with the Gaithersburg (MD) Police Department.

Other panelists include Emily Matson, a reporter with WICU-TV in Erie; Elvage Murphy, an Edinboro University professor and former Erie County assistant district attorney and assistant public defender; Doug Oathout, executive editor of The Erie Times News; and George Stephens, field training officer coordinator with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department. Baxter will serve as moderator.

News organizations and law enforcement agencies are both powerful, high-profile institutions that are crucial to serving the public welfare. The panelists will focus on the working relationship between journalists, police officers and prosecutors, while offering suggestions for finding common ground and reinforcing areas of mutual benefit.

“The relationship between the news media and law enforcement has never been more important to the maintenance of a civil society, nor has it ever been placed under such scrutiny,” said Dr. Tony Peyronel, chairperson of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.

“We are honored to host this accomplished group of professionals to lead an informed conversation on such an important topic.”

The discussion is hosted by the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, the Edinboro University chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA), EU Campus Media and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. The event is free and open to the public. 

Karlee Dies is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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