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Journalism’s Way Forward: Looking Back at Election 2016 and Envisioning the Future

By Christina Russ

Journalists and media professionals are facing unprecedented circumstances in the aftermath of Election 2016 and in anticipation of a potentially different relationship between the media and the White House.

On the heels of the presidential inauguration, Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a panel discussion called “Journalism’s Way Forward” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 to discuss how journalists can fulfill their mission to seek truth and report it in a so-called “post-truth” society. The panel discussion will take place in FirstEnergy Auditorium (Room 340) in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus. The event will feature the following educators and professionals:

  • Moderator: Russ Mitchell, anchor, WKYC
  • Henry Gomez, chief political reporter, Cleveland.com
  • Cheryl Ann Lambert, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Jacquie Marino, associate professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Connie Schultz, professional in residence, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and nationally syndicated columnist
  • Chance York, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The event is free and open to the public. Discussion topics will include:

  • How journalists can and should cover a Donald Trump presidency: Does every tweet deserve a story? How can unproven claims be fact-checked?
  • What tools can journalists use to ensure their relevance today and in the future? What do future journalists need to know about First Amendment rights?
  • What are the enemies of truth? How can public relations professionals and journalists work together to combat the spread of fake news?
  • Are there political and societal trends/context that journalists missed or underestimated in reporting on the 2016 presidential election? How can we do better and earn back the public’s trust?

The R-1 parking lot near Franklin Hall (accessible from South Lincoln Street) will be open to visitors. If you would like to receive updates or more information on this panel, please sign up. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live.