Program
News Addition and Town Hall Specials
Producing Organization
KERA
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-z60bv7c778
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Description
Program Description
"For years, Dallas minority leaders have charged city, county, and state institutions with insensitivity, neglect and racism. Minority groups (which are quickly becoming the majority in the nation's seventh largest city) say that discrimination has been most visible in the areas of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The charges historically have been discounted or denied, if not ignored, by those in power in Dallas. "Because of the growing tension between Dallas' minority and majority communities, KERA/Channel 13's Public Affairs department devoted much of its 1988 energy to this situation, including the problems facing the city's minority and disadvantaged citizens. Special attention was given to the areas of police/community relations and the criminal justice system, with more than seven hours of programming dedicated to those subjects alone. "These efforts, from weekly segments on the news/analysis program 'News Addition' to special, live town-hall meetings, produced results. After KERA's exclusive report on one case of police brutality, two Dallas police officers were fired and criminally charged. Another exclusive story proved the innocence of a black man charged with murder in a classic case of mistaken identity. (After the story aired, charges were dropped against the man, who had lost his job, car and home. He later got his job back with back pay.) "A live town-hall meeting following the slaying of a Dallas police officer was credited by the press, community leaders and elected officials with bringing calm to a city on the verge of explosion. The studio program brought together for rational discussion a majority of the city council and county commissioners along with grass roots community leaders, a couple of whom had been forcibly removed from the council chambers that very day. "Related KERA-produced programs in 1988 included a profile of Dallas' embattled chief of police (who would later resign); a profile of the controversial Dallas Police Association president who, along with her organization, has resisted change, including affirmative action; and in-depth interviews with the city manager and the new police chief. "As a community-supported public television station, KERA has a responsibility to serve its city of license -- all of it. Each of these 1988 projects, in its own way, has helped the station to meet that responsibility."--1988 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1988
Created Date
1988
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:56:36.093
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Credits
Producing Organization: KERA
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-2680cc0316b (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 1:00:00
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Citations
Chicago: “News Addition and Town Hall Specials,” 1988, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-z60bv7c778.
MLA: “News Addition and Town Hall Specials.” 1988. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-z60bv7c778>.
APA: News Addition and Town Hall Specials. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-z60bv7c778