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WRAC to present Nov. 20 seminar on working with the news media

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will present "Working Effectively With the News Media," a seminar on organizing for social change, Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in the Indiana Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The goals of this seminar are:

* To provide an opportunity for participants to evaluate their organizational practices.

* To increase understanding of what criteria the media use for judging news.

* To provide specific tools that will assist in getting your issue covered by the news media.

The workshop trainer is Carolyn Stewart Dyer, UI professor of journalism and mass communication, who teaches and researches in the areas of gender studies and media law. Dyer was a volunteer for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program for 15 years and helped develop a guidebook for reporting on rape for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In 1979-80, she helped develop and successfully lobby for new Iowa rules regarding camera coverage of rape victims in court. Dyer has worked as a news reporter in both print and radio media. She has presented at many local, state and national workshops.

There is a fee of $10 for the workshop. A limited number of scholarships are available to help cover that cost. Registration is required; the deadline is Nov. 19. Child care may be provided by volunteers, but arrangements must be made by Nov. 17. To register, arrange child care, or request an accommodation, call (319) 335-1486.