Media meltdown makes the news. A panel of experts debates the future of journalism in the wake of the economic crisis at a special forum starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at San Diego State. Panelists include J.W. August, managing editor at KGTV 10 News, Diane Borden, director of the school of journalism on campus, and last but not least, Reo Carr of the esteemed Business Journal. Those of us who toil away in the news industry are distressed by the severe economic buffeting we’ve taken. The event is part of a nationwide conversation tied to the National Press Club’s 100th anniversary. Details at sdpressclub.org Three North Americans, including a UC Berkeley prof, are awarded Kyoto Prizes, given by Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera. Cal’s Richard Karp won for his work in computational complexity and its influence on the design of algorithms to solve problems. The two others are Canadian academics Charles Taylor and Anthony Pawson. All this may seem far removed from the sand and the surf, but San Diego, home of Kyocera’s U.S. operations, plays host to a weeklong celebration in March to fete the award winners. Local high school and college students benefit from scholarships tied to the awards Politically progressive filmmaker Wayne Ewing, best known for his documentaries about Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson, premieres “The Border Wall,” at the Starz Denver Film Festival on Nov. 19. The film focuses on Bush’s efforts to erect a 670-mile “fence” along our 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Ewing covers the project from San Diego, including the notorious Smuggler’s Gulch, to Brownsville, Texas, in a decidedly anti-government slant. To see firsthand, head on over to theborderwall.com Well, we have a new president, but how ’bout a last mention of the historic Nov. 4 elections. Grace Rieger, 21-year-old college student and daughter of Scripps Ranch publicist Jan Rieger, tried to go to Harry’s Bar, Ernest Hemingway’s old hangout, in Paris to celebrate the returns. She reports 1,000 people crowded the street in front of the infamous watering hole. However, Harry’s remained open until 4:30 a.m. as Americans, and plenty of Frenchmen and women, hoisted a few to our new president Dick Vitale appears at the University of San Diego bookstore Nov. 13 autographing copies of his latest literary effort. The tome, titled “Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Players & Moments in College Basketball: From the Best Seat in the House During My 30 Years at ESPN,” ranks his favorite plays and players. Commentator Vitale is a self-professed basketball aficionado and the USD site is apropos given the Toreros’ surprising showing during the early rounds of the NCAA tournament Miss Lonelyhearts? Mary Berney, who bills herself as a life and relationship coach, announces the upcoming launch of the Dating Caf & #233;, a series of monthly gatherings for 40-plus singles. For details about the social event, check out her Web site at maryberney.com.
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