Undergraduate Lecture by NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans

Annenberg Undergraduate Speaker Series
Eric Deggans NPR
21 Mar 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding the Media’s Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture

Reception 5:30 - 6pm
Lecture 6-7pm

In our hyper-partisan media culture — and political moment — liberals and conservatives are consuming news differently. Particularly in covering issues of race, culture, and politics, media outlets have fallen short.

They are falling short in other ways too: As media networks focus on attracting more advertising dollars, they often skirt basic journalistic values. A focus on confrontation, especially in cable news, has stifled constructive debate and debilitated trust in journalism institutions. Meanwhile online outlets focused on conservative audiences have grown more extreme, mainstreaming stereotypical views about people of color and women in an effort to push back against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In this environment, the general public is losing its faith in journalism — even in the idea of objective facts.

National Public Radio TV Critic Eric Deggans will unpack these issues while offering constructive ideas on how to talk about thorny subjects such as race and culture across racial, class and culture lines, short-circuiting the fear and anger which so often make discussion on these issues difficult.  

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