Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Update - Phone Call from Susan Gaertner

Hi All!

Ms. Gaertner was good enough to call and try to address my concerns.

She assured me that the System isn't unfeeling, but that someone is dead through no fault of his own and Society has ways of dealing with this.

It appears that Mike will not be allowed to go home until the Adult Cerification Hearing on July 12 in front of Judge Fetsch. It appears that juveniles don't have the same rights as adults as far as having a chance to make bail.

That doesn't seem quite right. This will be a hell of a lonely month for Mike and his family and friends.

As to the length of time before the hearing, I was told that much needs to be investigated so the judge make the best-informed decision. There will be psychological tests, interviews with family, friends, teachers, etc and records gathering to get a complete picture of how this kid came to do what he did.

She left me her number in case I have any more questions.

Aside, I noted that she had met David Strom and Margaret Martin the other night. She wondered how in the world I knew and I told her I read it in the blogosphere, of course!

So that is my contribution to the reporting on this sad story and now I guess all that is next to do is wait and pray.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 15, 2005

Northwestern University News Center

Medill Leads Initiative to Revitalize Journalism Education

The Medill School of Journalism, with four other of the nation’s top university journalism programs, will lead a three-year, $6 million initiative to revitalize and reform American journalism education.

Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education seeks to deepen the intellectual life at journalism schools and influence discussions about journalism and the news business.

Speaking at the headquarters of Carnegie Corporation of New York where the two foundations announced the initiative, Medill Dean Loren Ghiglione emphasized that the Carnegie-Knight Initiative is intended to benefit journalism schools nationwide. “This initiative is inclusionary, not exclusionary,” he said.

Ghiglione, who next year becomes president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, noted that Medill “is already challenging its students to produce research and reporting that have impact.” He cited a well-publicized study this academic year on travel expenses of congressmen dating to 2000. He also pointed to the work of the students in Professor David Protess’s Innocence Project who “undertake shoe-leather research that regularly frees innocent men from death row.”

To improve journalism and its future, Ghiglione and the other journalism school deans plan to take advantage of the strengths of the five universities -- Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, Harvard University as well as Northwestern -- leading the initiative.

The initiative will provide opportunities for the five institutions to work together on national investigative projects and create a platform for educators to speak on policy and journalism education issues.

The Carnegie-Knight Initiative will work to integrate the schools of journalism more deeply into the life of the university, establish yearly national investigative projects overseen by campus professors and distributed nationally through traditional and new media, and focus on research.

© 2005 Northwestern University

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