“Fake news.” It’s a term that’s been batted around quite a bit recently. But what does it really mean? With so many sources of news — traditional media, social media, blogs — how can we decipher fact from fiction? Does this proliferation make us more informed….or more confused? What are the consequences of consuming media that has a particular perspective — Fox News vs MSNBC? Will traditional print media — newspapers and magazines — survive in the digital age? Our speakers will give us perspective on the media today and how we can make sense of the myriad of messages that bombard us on a daily basis.
Tony Messenger, Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tony Messenger, who joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in 2008, is an award-winning columnist and former editorial page editor. (https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/) Prior to the Post-Dispatch, Tony was editorial page editor of the Springfield, MO News-Leader and was a metro columnist and city editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Along with former Post deputy editorial page editor Kevin Horrigan, Tony was a finalist in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize competition for editorials on the unrest in Ferguson. In addition he has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership from the American Society of News Editors and the Walker Stone editorial writing award from the Scripps-Howard Foundation.
Jessica Z. Brown, Founder & Past President, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc.
Gateway Media Literacy Partners is a nonprofit organization in the bi-state region that educates citizens about media literacy’s ongoing importance in civic life. Jessica is a longtime full adjunct professor at Webster University, and a multi- award-winning communications professional whose body of work covers many media platforms.
She currently is working with international colleagues as business manager for the Digital International Media Literacy E-Book (www.DIMLE.org), following a five-year stint on the national board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (www.NAMLE.net).