Award-winning journalist to speak on media

By Ryan Gray

Special to the Arizona Daily Wildcat

A member of an international free-press foundation will lecture today about multiculturalism and its impact on journalism.

Felix Gutierrez, a vice president of The Freedom Forum and executive director of its Pacific Coast Center in Oakland, Calif., will speak on "News in a Multicultural, Multimedia World" at the Department of Journalism. He was unavailable for comment last week.

Later today, he will speak before Mexican American studies students on "What's Happening in the Latino Media."

Journalism Professor Donald Carson, the event organizer, said Gutierrez was invited "because of his national reputation for the desegregation of the American news gathering process and because of his general knowledge of information collection and presentation."

An official for the foundation since 1990, Gutierrez was responsible for administering journalism education and professional programs. As executive director, he organized the Oakland office in 1993.

He is a former journalism professor at the University of Southern California, where he also served as dean of academic services, and assistant professor of journalism at California State University Northridge. He also worked as a weekly writer for the Associated Press in Los Angeles during the late 1980s.

Gutierrez is co-author of three texts on the media, the latest titled Minorities and the Media: Diversity and the End of Mass Communications. He has also written more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters.

In 1987 , he received the Presi

dent's Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for his service to journalism education.

Cheryl Fogle, journalism sophomore, expressed interest in the presentations, even though she said the subjectswere "totally vague."

"I have no idea of its topic," said Fogle.

Gutierrez will speak to journalism students at noon in the department's "Great Hall of Learning" in the basement of the Franklin Building and to Mexican American studies students from 4-5 p.m. at the Douglass Building, Room 315.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

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