Citizen Speaks: Free Press in the Trump Age

12 Jun 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, 3501 Sansom St, Philadelphia
Open to the Public
Panel Discussion

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The principle of a free press is under siege and once agreed-upon facts are suddenly up for debate. What is the state of journalism in our current political moment?

The Philadelphia Citizen, in partnership with The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication, is hosting this conversation with national reporters—all with strong Philly ties—who are on the frontlines of covering the Trump revolution. (Ashley Parker is also a 2005 graduate of Annenberg's Communication major!)

Panelists include:

  • Ali Velshi, Anchor and Business Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC
  • Ashley Parker, White House Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Jonathan Tamari, Washington Correspondent, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Larry Platt (Moderator), Editor, The Philadelphia Citizen

When truth has become relative, how can journalists maintain their responsibility for delivering fair, accurate, and well-sourced reporting within an increasingly fractured climate?

This event is part of The Citizen’s in-person programming that delves deeply into real solutions that make our communities better. It provides an opportunity to learn how other Philadelphians are working to solve Philadelphia’s problems—and also to learn ways to get involved and make a meaningful impact in your community.

Tickets can be purchased here. They are $30 for general admission, $15 for members, and $8 for students.

The event is presented in partnership with the Lenfest Institute and the Annenberg School for Communication. Sponsors include Dilworth Paxson, Comcast NBCUniversal, Campus Apartments, and FS Investments. 

The Philadelphia Citizen, a non-profit, non-partisan media organization has a dual mission: To provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions that can move our region forward, and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia. It seeks to identify our innovators, call out those who stand in the way of progress and shine a light on the next generation of Philly leadership—all while giving Philadelphians the interactive tools they need to become more involved, engaged citizens.

This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.