LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS® OF BELLINGHAM/WHATCOM COUNTY presents
"Sustaining Democracy in the New Age of Journalism"
The digital information world is here. How has journalism evolved and where is it taking us? How are these changes influencing our democracy? To be sophisticated news consumers we need to easily access and navigate diverse information sources. Explore the "information health" of our own community. Experience hands-on digital news sources.
Recorded Saturday, September 20, 2014 in the Bellingham Public Library Downstairs Lecture Room
Hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Library, two journalism experts will share their views on why digital and media literacy is essential to a vibrant, informed democracy.
Dean Wright and Joan Connell of the international consulting firm, Connell Wright Media, will offer an in-depth exploration of this provocative and timely topic. The program will also take a look at the “information health” of Whatcom County and help participants strengthen their own ability to access digital journalism by exploring print, digital, and radio options for gaining news and information.
"Journalism has changed more in the past 15 years than in the prior five centuries," Dean Wright has said.
Wright and Connell have extensive experience in both print and digital media. He is a digital journalism pioneer with expertise in editorial ethics, standards and innovation on a global scale.
She is an award winning journalist, news consultant, and WWU educator with a longstanding interest in ethical and moral issues in journalism and she was formerly a reporter and editor of the Bellingham Herald.
Their clients include Microsoft XBox, MSN website, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
“Navigating and finding access to diverse sources of information are challenges news consumers face. It is even more critical for the public to develop the ability to analyze and evaluate the credibility of the news they find,” said Jill Bernstein, League Co-president, when asked about the League’s interests in hosting this program.
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization with 800 affiliates across the country. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.
Video produced by Center for New Media, Bellingham, Washington