Speak Out! Rebuilding Trust in Media and Democracy in the Era of “Fake News”

Democracy is in crisis. The values it embodies – particularly the right to choose leaders in free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the rule of law – are under assault and in retreat globally – The Freedom House Freedom in the World Report 2018

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 2.37.39 AMThis was the motto of the Conference Speak Out! Rebuilding Trust in Media and Democracy in Kingston, Jamaica on 13 August 2018, organized by the Public Media Alliance. The conference brought together thought leaders from around the world to discuss journalism and policy solutions to current information disorder of fake news, polarization, and distrust.

While many reports from around the world painted a picture of political turmoils and constant challenges to independent journalism, keynote experts presented an array of innovative strategies and tactics for rebuilding trust in media and democracy.

Minna Aslama Horowitz, a Fellow at the Institute and a chair of the conference, recounts some key takeaways:

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Public Media in a Time of Global Reordering: Old Challenges, New Hope

Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 6.07.23 AMWhat constitutes “public service media” (PSM) – its remit, its independence, its funding, its organizational configurations – is never set and self-evident. It constantly faces opposition from commercial competitors as well as political actors that seem to manifest in different reiterations year after year.  At the same time, its core values of universal service, public interest, and preservation of national culture can be found also outside of the Western PSM models.

This was the recurring theme in the IAMCR Post-conference Public Service Media in a Time of Global Reordering: Sustainability, Reinvention and Extension (25 June 2018), co-organized by Alessandro D’Arma from Westminster University, Yik Chan Chin from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, and Minna Horowitz, a Fellow of the Institute for International Communication. The event featured an array of cases that documented significant challenges but also interesting openings for unconventional and fresh thinking about public service media beyond the European iterations.

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CfP – Truth and Communication in the Age of Misinformation: From Kierkegaard to Social Media

Call for Papers:

Truth and Communication in the Age of Misinformation: From Kierkegaard to Social Media

Conference Organized by

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The Institute for International Communication, College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University, NY, USA

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy

Location: St. John’s University, NY, USA

Date: November 16-17, 2018 (Friday-Saturday)

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Public Service Media and Information Disorder: A Report to the Council of Europe

Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 3.46.03 PMThe Institute Fellow Minna Aslama Horowitz, with the assistance of the Master’s students Helene Diyabanza Peterson and Julia Theilen, authored an Expert Report for the Council of Europe on the possibilities for public service media to counter disinformation  and propaganda.

The report was presented to the Council in Paris, France, on 25 May 2018.  Below is the transcript of the presentation.

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