UPDATE: CBS and 60 Minutes (8/15/06; Film & History, 11/8/06-11/12/06)
Call for Papers UPDATE
2006 Film and History League Conference
"The Documentary Tradition" Dallas 8-12 November, 2006
AREA: CBS and "60 Minutes"
CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) has a long, complex history as the largest television network and radio broadcaster in the United States and one of three television networks which – until the rise of cable television – dominated broadcasting in the US. Like the network's famous Eye logo, CBS's investigative television newsmagazine, "60 Minutes," has become an American icon. As a top-rated program for much of its life, "60 Minutes" has garnered numerous television and journalism awards and has been, and to a degree, still is, regarded as the pre-eminent investigative television program in the US. However, as successful and as highly received as both CBS and "60 Minutes" are, controversy has followed and has often affected the credibility of both. Despite the controversies, CBS and "60 Minutes" are flawed and influential broadcasting giants.
Since its founding in 1927, CBS, under the leadership of William S. Paley, has been a potent corporate mixture of innovation, competition, and infamy. From the hysteria created by Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of H. G. Welles' "War of the Worlds" on CBS' Mercury Theatre to a much publicized talent raid on competitor NBC in the mid-1940s, CBS has been on the cutting edge of both original programming and controversy. Further, from news division head Edward R. Murrow and his team of reporters and editors to the unique format and style of reporter-centered investigation exhibited by producer Don Hewitt and his stable of correspondents on "60 Minutes", the network has been at the forefront of the industry and has exerted a profound influence on news broadcasting and coverage. (In fact, CBS was called "the Communist Broadcasting System".) Often considered the crown jewel of CBS crown, the CBS news division has included not only some of the greatest names in broadcast
journalism (Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevaried, Harry Reasoner, Dan Rather, Charles Kurault, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, et. al) and has paved the way for television documentary and investigative journalism. As such, both CBS and "60 Minutes" offer a rich repository of media analysis and study.
In addition to these areas or in conjunction with them, potential topics may include:
The early years of CBS
CBS Radio Broadcasting
Welles' "War of the Worlds" Broadcast
The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
CBS Corporate history
Television Programming (including individual/notable series)
Edward R. Murrow and "Murrow's Boys"
McCarthyism and Television News
The Post-WWII years
Television coverage of the House Un-American Activities Hearings
George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck"
CBS vs General Westmoreland
The Audi 5000 controversy
The Brown and Williamson scandal
Michael Mann's "The Insider"
"60 Minutes" and the U. S. Customs Service
CBS and Viacom Cross-promotion
CBS and the Coverage of the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention
"The CBS Evening News"
CBS Coverage of the JFK Assassination
Coverage of the RFK Assassination and Funeral
CBS and the Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement
CBS and Watergate
The "60 Minutes" Bill and Hillary Clinton Intervew
Coverage of Iran-Contra
Coverage of the Reagan Assassination Attempt
The Format of "60 Minutes"
Special Panels will held which will focus on:
The Legacy of Dan Rather
CBS and the Vietnam Conflict
Walter Cronkite: The Most Trusted Man in America
60 Minutes and Mike Wallace: Newsman or Ambush Entertainer?
Submissions on any aspect of CBS and/or "60 Minutes" history, approaches, programming, and influence are welcome. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2006.
Send all inquires and proposals to: Dr. James Yates, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, jnyates_at_nwosu.edu
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Received on Tue Jul 18 2006 - 18:16:39 EDT