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07/08/16: Media Roundtable Week In Review; Medical Malpractice; Swim Shorts Film Festival

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: David Bauerlein, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and Mark Judson, UNF Spinnaker editor.

Topics include the shooting of five police officers during a protest in Dallas Thursday night, the indictment of Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Florida) by a federal grand jury over ethics violations, and more.

Medical Malpractice

The family of comedian Joan Rivers recently settled a high-profile medical malpractice case around her death.

Rivers died after a routine laryngoscopy and endoscopy at a New York outpatient surgery center.

July is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month.

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer.

A study from the Journal of Patient Safety estimates as many as 400,000 people who go to the hospital each year die from preventable mistakes, not their underlying diseases.

We discuss the issue with medical malpractice attorneys Matt Sowell and Dr. Fadi Chakour from the Terrell Hogan law firm.

Swim Shorts Film Festival

The Swim Shorts Film Festival seeks to celebrate Northeast Florida’s waterways through the lens of your camera.

The festival invites filmmakers of all ages and ability levels to send them short films featuring Northeast Florida’s waters and/or their favorite water activities.

All proceeds from the event will go to St. Johns Riverkeeper for use in their public awareness and conservation efforts.

Festival creator Laura Bearl joins us with a preview of the event.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.