Professor Gail Rhodes, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU
A Free Press: Cornerstone of Democracy
The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects press freedom. Freedom of the press is important because it plays a vital role in informing citizens about public affairs and monitoring the actions of government. But what happens when public trust in the media is eroded by sensationalism, foreign influences or bots, fake news, and business monopolies? Who makes the news and what is newsworthy? Is non-partisan news coverage based on facts even still possible? What is the role of the media in keeping us informed today, and who is accountable when intentional misrepresentation occurs? Stop in at the library for a critical look at the impact of the media in a democratic society.
Free and Open to the Public. Registration required; limited to 30 participants.