Materials related to docudrama on this site

1. Site author J. Gregory Payne's thoughts on his involvement as a historical consultant for NBC's Emmy Award Winning docudrama "Kent State," from MayDay


Evaluations of the historical accuracy of Kent State which is contingent upon decisions in the editing room, is, of course, the prerogative of others. The project was punctuated with healthy disagreements as to how much dramatic license had to be employed, and at what points, to keep the audience interested. I am satisfied that every effort was made to expose the producers, director, and writer to the facts about what happened at Kent State in 1970. The real test of the film is the type of reaction Kent State generates from its audience.

2. Bennett Whaley, Edmund P. Kaminski, William I. Gorden and D. Ray Heisey, “Docudrama From Different Temporal Perspectives: Reactions to NBC’s ‘Kent State'Journal of Broadcasting 24, no. 3 (Summer 1983): pp. 285-289.


This paper examines the reactions of the three groups of subjects to the NBC docudrama, “Kent State.” The subjects were faculty and staff members who were at the university during the time of the actual events and students currently enrolled at Kent State.

3.Does Television Change History?

Proceedings of The Second National Conference on Television and Ethics March 6, 1987 Boston, Massachusetts. Sponsored by Emerson College and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Chapter to explore the extent to which television mediates reality.

4. 1995 Helen and Cecil Rose Ethics and Communication Conference

March 16, Communication Studies and the Communication, Politics, & Law Association hosted the Helen and Cecil Rose Ethics and Communication Conference. The day-long event brought together journalists, historians, media critics, and scholars to discuss ethics and the media using Robert Redford's Academy Award nominated "Quiz Show" as a case study.

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