New Media and Government: Holding Our Institutions Accountable
Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM
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Who trusts institutional power anymore, whether in government or media? Not the public. People with all political perspectives are increasingly skeptical of what government, corporations, Wall Street and “Big Media” have to say. But where to turn? In an era of sponsored content masquerading as real news and the merger of entertainment and news, who can be relied on for the truth and how can we help people demand more from our institutions? How can media that reveres “access” above serving their audience truly hold the powerful accountable? Here’s a zesty discussion of where online journalism can, should, and will go in the months and years ahead.
Will it continue to be dominated by huge companies, afraid to tell some stories and more concerned about being part of the establishment or, will it acknowledge the frustration in the land and embrace its watchdog role and do a better job of aggressively digging for meaningful revelations and analysis that help us understand our times and the life-and-death issues we face?
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Editor in Chief
Russ Baker is the founder and Editor in Chief of the bold, independent, nonprofit news site WhoWhatWhy. He's an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked for some of the world's top med...Show the rest
Russ Baker is the founder and Editor in Chief of the bold, independent, nonprofit news site WhoWhatWhy. He's an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked for some of the world's top media outfits, and is the author of the best-selling book, Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.Hide the rest
Co-host of Watching the Hawks
Sean Stone co-hosts the daily news show Watching the Hawks on RT International, along with the online interview program Buzzsaw on The Lip TV. Son of the director Oliver Stone, Sean is also an actor and filmmaker.
Tom Philpott is the Food and Agriculture Correspondent for Mother Jones, and the recipient of the 2015 Gerald E. Loeb Award for Business Journalism, among others. He has worked for Grist Magazine and Reuters.