How Do We Know What to Believe? Media Literacy in 2017


NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Center for Communication will host “Media Literacy: Be Your Own Critic” on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 pm.

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In this panel discussion, media thought leaders and front-line journalists examine lessons learned from the 2016 White House run, the growth and prominence of fake news, the status of investigative reporting, and how to know what to believe.

The event’s speakers include:

  • Andrew Kaczynski, senior editor and founding member of CNN's KFILE, the leading investigation team for the social, mobile generation. KFILE is widely praised as a "scoop team," known for breaking news by scouring the internet through research, fact checking, and investigative reporting. Kaczynski and KFILE have exposed controversial statements, deceptions, and hypocrisies from politicians -- both in office and on the campaign trail. Kaczynski comes to CNN from BuzzFeed, where he started as a political reporter.
  • Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Lipkin has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the country. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and speaks often about the importance of media literacy education.
  • Eli Pariser, co-founder of Upworthy. Pariser has dedicated his career to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world. He joined MoveOn.org in 2001 and served as executive director from 2004-2009. During that time, MoveOn revolutionized grassroots political organizing by introducing a small-donor-funded and email-driven model that has since been widely used across the political spectrum. He also co-founded Avaaz.org, which is now the largest online advocacy organization in the world totaling over 30 million members.

Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” will moderate the event. Prior to joining CNN, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times.

The event is free for students and faculty and $10 for non-university attendees. Tickets must be reserved through the event’s website, as space is limited. Reporters interested in attending should contact Rachel Harrison at 212-998-6797 or rachel.harrison@nyu.edu.

About The Center for Communication (@CenCom)
The Center offers free educational programs to thousands of students each year, led by industry leaders and innovators. About 4,500 college students and professors attend the Center’s 40 seminars each year to learn about the latest developments and career opportunities in all fields of media. The Center was founded in 1980 by longtime CBS president Dr. Frank Stanton—a staunch proponent of the highest standards in journalism and fierce defender of the First Amendment—to bridge the gap between the media industry and academia. For more information, visit www.centerforcommunication.org.

About the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU (@mccNYU)
Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) is a department within NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, advancing scholarship in all areas of media, technology and society, with expertise in global media, digital technology, and media history. To discover more about MCC, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu/mcc.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.

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