Join us for a panel discussion engaging with Professor Victor Pickard’s new book Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society, with an introduction by Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.
As local media institutions collapse and news deserts sprout up across the country, the U.S. is facing a profound journalism crisis. Meanwhile, continuous revelations about the role that major media outlets — from Facebook to Fox News — play in the spread of misinformation have exposed deep pathologies in American communication systems.
In his new book, Pickard considers the historical precedents, market failures, and policy inaction that led to the journalism crisis and the spread of misinformation, arguing that the root of both lies in the very structure of our profit-driven media system. Amid growing scrutiny of unaccountable monopoly control over media institutions and concerns about the consequences to democracy, now is an opportune moment to address fundamental flaws in US news and information systems and push for alternatives. Ultimately, the goal is to reinvent journalism.
Discussants include Victor Pickard, Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication; Ellen Goodman, Professor of Law, Rutgers University; Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University; and Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School.
Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis beginning at 11:45am.