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Media expert available to discuss Al Jazeera America

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Professor of Journalism Emeritus Malcolm Gibson is available to speak about the launch of Al Jazeera America. The Qatar-based news organization bought Current TV and re-launched the network as its American affiliate today.

Malcolm Gibson, longtime journalism professor and former adviser to KU’s student-run newspaper, the University Daily Kansan, has hosted employees of Al Jazeera as guests in his international journalism classes and has educated several students who have gone on to work in a variety of roles at the organization. Gibson has consulted with Al Jazeera management to establish an internship program for KU journalism students and has also spoken in defense of Al Jazeera as a news agency.

Gibson can speak with media about Al Jazeera’s legitimacy, the significance of an American affiliate and what it might mean to the American media landscape and similar topics. To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or mkrings@ku.edu.