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Feb. 19, 2004

Skorton, Jones To Discuss Diversity On Student Talk Show Feb. 24 On UITV

The Word, a student-run talk show produced by members of the University of Iowa chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will kick off its second season with a program featuring University of Iowa President David Skorton and UI Dean of Students Phillip Jones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, on UITV.

Hosted by Lindsay Strong, a UI junior from Chicago, the first episode of The Word will focus on diversity and the black experience on the UI campus. Skorton and Jones talk openly about race relations as it pertains to the UI during a half-hour program, which was taped Tuesday, Feb. 10 in UITV studios.

The final episode from The Word's previous season will precede the new show. That episode features a panel discussion with Tony Robinson, The Daily Iowan managing editor, Teiva Johnson, a UI law student and Jocelyn Jones, president of the UI NABJ chapter. The three discuss the top UI stories of the 2002-03 school year.

Executive Producer Brandon Campbell, a UI senior from Little Rock, Ark., created The Word in spring 2003. The show debuted April 21 on UITV and featured hip-hop pioneers The Last Poets. NABJ works closely with UI Student Video Productions during production of the show.

For pictures or additional information contact Campbell at 319-337-9143, 501-952-6358 (cell), or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Courtney Parker, NABJ public relations director, 319-338-7928