ONLINE CONFERENCE: Media and Democracy in the Americas IV – Overcoming Distrust in Media

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Amidst political polarization, social protest, and a public health crisis, good journalism has never been more essential. However, trust in media is declining across the Americas. Disinformation and stigmatization, sometimes emanating from political leaders themselves, represent persistent and often serious obstacles to professional journalism and an informed citizenry. While diverse solutions have been proposed, restoring trust between the press and the public remains a pending democratic challenge.

How does distrust in media relate to the broader trend of distrust in institutions and democracy in the Americas? How does media distrust impact journalists’ efforts to inform the public, and what kinds of solutions can revolutionize and restore the relationship between the press and citizens?

The Inter-American Dialogue, Fundamedios, and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami are pleased to present the fourth annual Media and Democracy Conference.

Follow the event at #NoSoyTuEnemigo or at @The_Dialogue, @FUNDAMEDIOS, and @mia_umiami.

We invite participants to send questions through the Q&A function on Zoom or email questions to meetings@thedialogue.org.  

This event will be held in both English and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be available for those who join the event online through the RSVP. 

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Agenda

9:00am – 9:02am

 

Welcome

 

 

 

Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

 

9:02am – 9:10am

 

 

Opening Remarks

 

 

 

 

Karin Wilkins, Dean, School of Communication, University of Miami (@GwinnKarin)

 

9:15am – 10:30am

 

Distrust in Media: A Journalist’s Perspective

 

    Panelists           

Maritza Félix, Journalist, Conecta Arizona (@MaritzaLFelix)

 

     

Mc Nelly Torres, National Board Member, National Association of Hispanic Journalists (@WatchdogDiva)

 

     

María Sol Borja, Associate Editor and Political Editor, GK (Ecuador) (@mariasolborja)

 

     

Mauricio Weibel, Journalist, Journalistic Investigation Center (CIPER) (@mauricio_weibel)

 

    Moderator       

Dagmar Thiel, USA Office Director, Fundamedios (@DagmarThiel)

 

10:30am – 10:45am

 

Break

 

10:45am – 12:00pm

 

Restoring Trust in Media

 

 

 

Panelists

Sallie Hughes, Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, School of Communication, University of Miami (@Sallie_MIA)

 

     

Tai Nalon, Co-Founder and CEO, Aos Fatos (@tainalon)

 

 

   

María Teresa Ronderos, Director and Co-Founder, Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP)

 

 

   

Silvio Waisbord, Director and Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University (@silviowaisbord)

 

 

  Moderator     

Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)

 

12:00pm – 12:10pm

 

Closing Remarks

 

 

 

César Ricaurte, CEO, Fundamedios (@CesarRicaurte3)

EVENT PARTNERS

This event is hosted in partnership with Fundamedios and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami.

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EVENT SPONSOR

This event is made possible by support from the Open Society Foundations.


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