The media news landscape is difficult to navigate and is fueled with false and manipulated information. Yet, to be a knowledgeable voter and engaged citizen requires credible trusted information and journalism. This program will explore journalism and news literacy and navigating what many describe as a treacherous news landscape. Using election-related examples the speakers will cover the tools for fact-checking, the reasons things go viral, verification, debunking strategies as well as the role of journalists and journalism.
John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s senior director of education and training. He joined NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a middle and high social studies teacher with Chicago Public Schools He first became involved with news literacy in 2014 when his students engaged in NLP’s original classroom program. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, John spent several years in corporate telecommunications positions before deciding to become a teacher. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the teaching of history and has a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in e-learning, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012.
Kyle Pope, editor, and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. Previously, he worked as an editor at Condé Nast, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Observer.
Jane Sasseen, moderator/discussant is the executive director of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The Center provides grants and editorial support to journalists working on investigative and enterprise stories on critical economic and financial issues. Previously, she was the senior editor in charge of News and Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek, editor-in-chief of politics for Yahoo News, and the Paris bureau chief of International Management magazine. She is a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award, the top prize for financial journalism in America.