Commentary: Secrecy Vs. the Public's Right to Know, by Dr. Burriss at MTSU

Jun 14, 2024 at 03:22 pm by WGNS News

Commentary: Fifty-three years ago, the release of the Pentagon Papers sparked a significant clash between government secrecy and the public's right to know. The documents, leaked by researcher Daniel Ellsberg and first published on June 13,1971, exposed more than what the public expected. With today's media commentary, here's Dr. Larry Burriss, a Professor of Journalism at MTSU...


About Dr. Burriss - Larry Burriss, professor of journalism, teaches introductory and media law courses. At the graduate level he teaches quantitative research methods and media law. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University (B.A. in broadcast journalism, M.A. in journalism), the University of Oklahoma (M.A. in human relations), Ohio University (Ph.D. in journalism) and Concord Law School (J.D.). He has worked in print and broadcast news and public relations, and has published extensively in both academic and popular publications. He has won first place in the Tennessee Associated Press Radio Contest nine times. Dr. Burriss' publications and presentations include studies of presidential press conferences, NASA photography, radio news, legal issues related to adolescent use of social networking sites, legal research, and Middle Earth.

Dr. Burriss has served as director of the School of Journalism, dean of the College of Mass Communication and president of the MTSU Faculty Senate. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty in Mali, Somalia, Bosnia, Central America, Europe and the Pentagon.


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