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Program to focus on cases, coverage of Supreme Court

Some of the nation’s pre-eminent Supreme Court journalists and scholars, including the publisher and editor of the only blog to win a Peabody Award, will discuss Supreme Court coverage and cases Sept. 9. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

“SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court Coverage and Cases” will feature Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog and veteran Supreme Court litigator; Amy Howe, attorney and SCOTUSblog editor; Pete Williams, NBC News justice correspondent; Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for the National Law Journal; and Janet Murray, media professor at Georgia Tech and a member of the board of the Peabody Awards.

The program, which will be streamed live on UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning website,, and on, is sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Peabody Awards and the School of Law.

“The story of the Peabody Award-winning SCOTUSblog is one of entrepreneurship, innovation and ultimately of the triumph of solid journalism in a marketplace rife with opinion and spin,” said Grady College Dean Charles Davis. “We have a veritable ‘who’s who’ to discuss coverage of the United States Supreme Court and the many ways in which digital media alter the landscape.”

The first panel discussion, to be held from 9-10:15 a.m., will focus on the rise of SCOTUSblog to pre-eminence as a source of information about the Supreme Court. Moderated by Jeffrey Jones, Peabody Awards director, the panel will discuss how the SCOTUSblog developed into one of the most comprehensive and trusted sources of information about the Supreme Court.

“In awarding SCOTUSblog a Peabody, the board recognized the important role SCOTUSblog plays in communicating timely, accurate and detailed information to citizens about the high court,” Jones said.

The second session, to be held from 10:30-11:45 a.m., will analyze Supreme Court coverage in the digital age. This session, moderated by Bill Lee, a Grady College telecommunications professor, will focus on how digital media have influenced coverage of the court.

Panelists in the final session from 1:30-2:45 p.m. will share insights into the Roberts-led court and discuss the court’s upcoming term. Moderated by Sonja R. West, associate professor of law and former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerk, this panel will look more directly at recent cases and current issues before the court.