Salisbury University to Host Non-partisan “Media and Politics Round Table”
The title of this event is Media and Politics: A Love-Hate Relationship. Topics covered will include media’s influence on politics, politics’ influence on media, fair and balanced reporting, “fake news,” freedom of the press and the increasing role of social media.
Scheduled panelists are Dr. Jennifer Cox of SU’s Communication Arts Department; Susan Parker, Daily Times community editor; Ron Krisulevicz, WBOC-TV assistant news director; and Lenita Wesson, WMDT-TV news anchor. Student members of the Society for Professional Journalists will also be assisting in the event.
The round table is sponsored by SU’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) and Communication Arts Department. PACE is a non-partisan institute committed to undergraduate learning that sparks interest in public affairs and civic engagement, and acts as a resource center for local government, nonprofits and public groups.
Chrys Egan, associate professor of communication arts, said that this discussion is to see different perspectives of the experts in media today, and to learn how to be responsible citizen journalists.
“I think this is a conversation we have to have,” Egn said. “This relationship between the White House and the media is something we’ve never seen before.”
Egan said the PACE group orchestrated a discussion led event like this after the presidential election took place, and it was a very positive turnout.
“We like to have an opening discussion and give each panelist a few minutes to discuss their viewpoints on the topic, and then branch off into round table discussions where smaller groups of participants can talk with the experts and get their questions answered,” Egan said.
The topic of “fake news” will be covered heavily, said Egan. She also said some of the lead discussion points will educate attendees on how to fact check their sources and catch fake news on their social media sites.
Admission is free and the public is invited.