I created the following 30 educational programs, introduced each program, and typically served as the panel moderator and content advisor for these programs to the Tampa Educational Cable Consortium. These programs typically included esteemed members of the professional community in the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida. The televised conferences, for example, featured participation by Governor Lawton Chiles, more than 20 judges, including the Chief Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County) and the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, the State Attorney and the Public Defender in Hillsborough County, State Senators, the SWAT team, and many highly-respected prosecutors, defense lawyers, private attorneys, law enforcement officers, and social services and juvenile justice personnel. A complete listing of participants in each of the 30 programs is available on my CV Addendum, which is on my web page.
Introductions of the distinguished guests were often done by USF Presidents, including Frank Borkowski, Betty Castor, and Judy Genshaft. Topics focused on “the hot issues” at the time and often involved value-laden issues. Special programs highlighted diversity in the criminal justice system and areas of concern to men and women.
Each of these programs was filmed in my class, Crime and Justice in America, before an audience of between 300 and 450 USF students and broadcast to thousands of viewers more than a dozen times on four cable networks: Jones Intercable, Paragon Cable, Cablevision Industries, and Telesat Cablevision. "Crime and Justice in America" was selected from 160 entries to receive the 1995 Southern Sunshine Video Festival Award in the Documentary category. The selection was made by judges after reviewing three of my programs produced during the 1994-1995 academic year. The first 28 programs were produced when I taught the class for a several year period (1988-1995). The remaining two were filmed when I taught this class again during the academic year 2000-2001.