Media Matters 2017: Media & Politics, a Panel Discussion

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join a discussion on the media and politics with panelists including Dave Briggs, co-host of CNN’s Early Start, Nancy Newill Doniger, editor of The Easton Courier, Reuters reporter Luciana Lopez and Dr. Bill Yousman of Sacred Heart University's School of Communication & Media Arts. Patricia Porio of the League of Women Voters will moderate. From suspected leaks to the press of classified information to President Trump’s declaration that the press is the “enemy of the people,” the news media is not only reporting the news; they often are the news. Just how polarized has the media become, and how have social and economic trends contributed to changes in the media landscape? How has the emergence of “fake news”—and accusations thereof—affected public trust in the media? To what extent has the proliferation of social media changed how the American public consumes news? What strategies can individuals use to ensure they are finding accurate and thorough information on political issues.

Community partner: The League of Women Voters of Westport is a nonpartisan political organization, encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.

 David Briggs is a CNN anchor and co-host of Early Start with Christine Romans. Prior to joining CNN, Briggs hosted a variety of programs for NBC Sports including coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, NASCAR Sprint Cup and hosting the Rio Olympics tennis studio. Before his role at NBC Sports, he co-hosted ‘FOX & Friends Weekend’ at FOX News, covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, among other news topics. Briggs spent nearly a decade covering local news in Rapid City, Tulsa and Boston – where he covered both Boston Red Sox World Series Championships and New England Patriots Super Bowl titles.

Bill Yousman, Ph.D. is the Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He earned his doctorate in Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Yousman is the author of Prime Time Prisons: Representation of Incarceration on U.S. TV (2009) and The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture (2014). He is the former Managing Director of the Media Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Northampton. Bill’s research focuses on media literacy education and the construction of racial ideologies in media images and narratives. In addition to his two books, he has published numerous essays in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies.

Luciana Lopez writes about infrastructure for Reuters, where she previously covered the 2016 presidential election as well as Brazil’s economy during a stint in Sao Paulo for the company. She’s also worked for The Oregonian and National Geographic Magazine. Luciana studied biology and political and social thought as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Nancy Newill Doniger is editor of The Easton Courier, part of the HAN Network media group, based in Ridgefield and Shelton. An alumna of Barnard College and a long-time member and past president of the Barnard Club of Connecticut, she has also earned graduate school credits from Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Doniger has been a correspondent for the Connecticut Post and The New York Times and was hired as a full time editor at Hometown Publication in 1996. In 2002 she was promoted to managing editor.

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