Upcoming Town Halls
Filtering Facts: The Critical Consumption of Mass Messaging
The proliferation of media outlets—print, broadcast, and digital—has provided access to vast sources of information—to the "news". This expansive growth in information output also means that traditional editorial processes may or may not be exercised in what we watch, read, and/or listen to daily. It is left to the individual to be a critical consumer of media—to access varying sources to locate and parse the truth. What is the meaning of critical media literacy and what is its importance in a hyperpolarized media environment? What is the impact of the mass consumption of misinformation/disinformation? How do we assess the veracity of the media we consume? Join our panel of experts to discuss these topics and more.
Andrew Lotz - Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences | Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Brenton J. Malin - Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh
Kevin M. Smith - Director of Undergraduate Studies in Broadcast, Film & Media Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Tara J. Yosso - Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside
Ron Idoko - Diversity and Multicultural Programs Manager, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Victoria Garner - Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) | Secretary, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation
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