Who Informs the Citizenry? Finding Trust and Truth in a Fractured Age

Wed, 3 November, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Truth in Media

Join SMPA professor, Jesse J. Holland on Wednesday, November 3 at 6 pm as he moderates this joint event with SMPA and the Reed College of Media at West Vriginia University

To whom do we turn for truth and where do we put our trust? How and why do communities agree or disagree on what is true? How can journalists help the larger community arrive at a shared truth in a time of public crisis?

In an era of amplified polarization combined with rampant mis- and disinformation online - where do divided communities find trust and truth? This collaborative panel looks back at the year of the pandemic and engages diverse community members across rural/urban divides to explore how citizens in different communities access and share essential information.

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Jesse J. Holland is the host of the Saturday edition of Washington Journal on C-SPAN, a former White House, Supreme Court and Congressional reporter for the Associated Press and an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. 

Mary Kay McFarland is an associate teaching professor at West Virginia University and spent a decade covering West Virginia for public media, including becoming the first multimedia editor at the Charleston Gazette-Mail.



Ellen Clegg - She is the retired editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, and is working on a new book tentatively titled: What Works: The Future of Local News. Her work on this topic was recently highlighted in the Nieman Reports in an article titled “The Local News Crisis Will Be Solved One Community at a Time”. She has been working with a number of local news outlets.

Kristine Villaneuva - Kristine Villanueva is the project editor for “Equally Informed,” a Resolve Philly initiative that brings news and information to communities affected by the digital and information divide. Previously, she was the audience engagement editor at the Center for Public Integrity. During the pandemic she has worked on coverage of anti-Asian hate.

Paulette Brown-Hinds - Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is founder of Voice Media Ventures and an advocate for local news media. As second generation publisher of Black Voice News (BVN), Paulette is transforming the half century old weekly print outlet into a solutions-oriented data journalism and justice-focused digital organization. As past president of the California News Publishers Association and current board member of the California Press Foundation, she works to strengthen the state’s information ecosystem as an essential part of the civic and community infrastructure. In 2019 she co-founded Media in Color, a philanthropically funded initiative designed to assist legacy media outlets serving communities of color with digital transformation.

Dr. Brian Castrucci - Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, is the president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation, a leading voice in health philanthropy and public health practice. An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local health departments, he has spearheaded are CityHealth, the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS). He is also an editor and contributing author to The Practical Playbook. Public Health. Primary Care. Together, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

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