Sep 10 2020


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Perversion of Truth

Topic: SCPA Event
Time: Sep 10, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 865 306 5349

The foundation of a healthy democracy is independent and informative media. Dictators thrive on media that cover up information and serve them with lies they find useful. Many of the people that vote for or support authoritarians do so based on false information.This is one of the reasons why the truth is so important.

Prime examples of this are the totally discredited lies that there is rampant voter fraud or that vote by mail leads to fraud. These lies are being used here to suppress the vote. Reporters and TV anchors have lost their careers
for telling the truth even here in America.

We now have social media where information is being deliberately falsified by foreign operators. Many in the media are threatened by loss of funds or corporate takeovers which limit their journalistic freedom as well as their jobs.

In several countries, even their lives are in danger. Please join us for this informative program and help us to fight back
and support some of our local media institutions.

Our Speakers:

MARA BELLABY: executive editor of FLORIDA TODAY. Prior to this position, Mara worked as a journalist with Associated Press in London, Moscow and Kyiv, Ukraine.

RICK BRUNSON: Associate instructor Rick Brunson teaches reporting, editing, journalism principles and ethics, as well as magazine production in the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School’s journalism program.

MELISSA DODD, Ph.D.: Assistant Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida. She is the (co)author of multiple refereed journal publications and book chapters and has presented award-winning research at top-tier academic conferences around the world.

BOB GABORDI: An award winning journalist for more than 41 years, Bob helped introduce podcasting and use of augmented reality to the lives of daily journalists. As he says in his book, “The Truth”, news is – as it always has been – about journalism and storytelling, regardless of the platform.