Communicating COVID-19: Journalism's Role in the Ongoing Pandemic

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Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Category: Special Event

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Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham once described journalism as “the first rough draft of history.” In the case of COVID-19, creating the first draft has been especially challenging given the lack of information, conflicting opinions, polarized political stances, and a severe  and sustained public health threat. The disproportional impact on communities of color has helped activate national protests against long standing racial injustice. This disruption is occurring against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Accurate, timely and credible information is critical to managing this outbreak. Misinformation, conflicting messages and rumors have made the pandemic worse and likely cost lives.

The Wayne State University Alumni Association presents a virtual panel discussion moderated by Matthew Seeger, Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, on the role of journalism in a public health crisis, the impact of critiques on the credibility of journalists, the development of misinformation and rumors, and the outsized role of social media.
Join us for a welcome from President M. Roy Wilson before our guest speaker panel examines the challenges of journalism’s role in the ongoing pandemic. Panelists include:

Matthew Seeger, Dean of College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Michael Freedman '74, President of the National Press Club
Alicia Nails, Director of the WSU Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
Beth Konrad '01, President of the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism
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Mackenzie Friedman




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