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Dane Petersen Named Program Director of Media Institute's Cornerstone Project

FOR RELEASE: July 25, 2001

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, July 25, 2001 – Dane C. Petersen has joined The Media Institute as Program Director of the Cornerstone Project, the Institute's multi-year program celebrating the First Amendment. Petersen will report directly to Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Petersen comes to the Institute from a national marketing communications firm in McLean, Va., where he had been a writer, editor, and project coordinator. Previously he was assistant director of media relations and sports information for Virginia Common- wealth University in Richmond.

Earlier, Petersen held various media positions in his native Kansas and Missouri. He was a radio reporter at KKSU-AM (Manhattan, Ks.), overnight desk reporter for WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Mo.), and sportswriter for the Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Ks.).

A journalism major, Petersen graduated from Kansas State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1998.

In his new post Petersen will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Institute's Cornerstone Project, including a national symposium in November, a public service advertising campaign, and various publications. He can be reached directly at

"Dane should play a big role in moving Cornerstone ahead and in strengthening ties with our Cornerstone Project partners," said Patrick D. Maines, president of the Institute.

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The Media Institute is a nonprofit research organization specializing in First Amendment and communications policy. For more information about the Institute and its programs, consult the Institute's Web site at