T Boone Pickens to Speak at University of Missouri Journalism School

April 21, 2009

The following release was sent by the MU News Bureau on April 21 University of Missouri Journalism School, Reynolds Journalism Institute To Host National Online Chat with T. Boone Pickens on U.S. Foreign Oil Dependency, Current State of Energy Reporting Subsequent Journalism Sessions To Feature Student Energy Research Projects, Presentation by CNBC Energy Reporter Sharon Epperson COLUMBIA, Mo.--More than 200 journalism faculty, students and energy reporters across the country are expected to participate in a national "virtual chat" with energy visionary T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday, April 22 at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). The discussion about the need to improve and expand the quality of reporting on the science, economics and geopolitical aspects of the energy industry will coincide with the Missouri Energy Summit hosted by the University of Missouri System's four campuses, held on the Columbia campus. "We are delighted to have Mr. Pickens join us in this virtual chat on energy reporting," said Brian Brooks, associate dean of the world's first journalism school. "Over the last nine months, he has advocated his Pickens Plan that addresses and solves our dangerously escalating dependence on foreign oil. At the same time, Mr. Pickens has shared his concerns that the media has failed to hold elected politicians accountable for repeatedly promising to solve this dependency problem but failing to do so. So we're happy to turn up the volume on this discussion." The 45-minute national energy reporting chat with Pickens, initiated with a global video clip of energy reports compiled by Newsy.com, will engage participants online and in-person discussing energy reporting issues and challenges. Read the entire release here: https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2009/0421-j-school-pickens.php