NOV. 12, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Young

EMU’S Watson to Appear Nationwide in JFK Documentary Nov. 19

YPSILANTI – Mary Ann Watson, a nationally-known media historian and professor of telecommunication and film at Eastern Michigan University, will appear in the upcoming documentary, “JFK: Breaking the News,” which airs on PBS stations nationwide, Wednesday, Nov.19. The show can be seen in the Detroit area on WTVS (Channel 56) at 9 p.m.

The one-hour special looks at how America and broadcast journalism were changed forever Nov. 22, 1963, (the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated). It will offer rare multiple views of the Lee Harvey Oswald shooting; footage of Oswald’s press conference and the only moving pictures in existence of Oswald’s arrest at the Texas Theatre.

“John Kennedy’s assassination and funeral were not only a part of American history, they were a milestone for media history,” said Watson. “The coverage of the funeral became the point at which television news came of age. It allowed people to be part of the national ritual of mourning.”

Watson is the author of “The Expanding Vista: American Television in the Kennedy Years,” and “Defining Visions: Television and the American Experience Since 1945.” She also is on the editorial board of “Television Quarterly,” a journal of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

For more on how this event changed media history, please contact Watson at 734-487-0064.