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Filtering Facts: The Critical Consumption of Mass Messaging
All are welcome to join us for this installment of our virtual town hall series – This Is Not "Normal": Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 – that focuses on the diverse and systemic facets of our lives and communities further impacted by COVID-19.

The proliferation of media outlets—print, broadcast, and digital—has provided access to vast sources of information—to the "news". This expansive growth in information output also means that traditional editorial processes may or may not be exercised in what we watch, read, and/or listen to daily. It is left to the individual to be a critical consumer of media—to access varying sources to locate and parse the truth. What is the meaning of critical media literacy and what is its importance in a hyperpolarized media environment? What is the impact of the mass consumption of misinformation/disinformation? How do we assess the veracity of the media we consume? Join our panel of experts to discuss these topics and more.


Andrew Lotz - Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences | Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Brenton J. Malin - Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Kevin M. Smith - Director of Undergraduate Studies in Broadcast, Film & Media Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Tara J. Yosso - Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside


Ron Idoko - Diversity and Multicultural Programs Manager, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Victoria Garner - Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) | Secretary, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at diversity@pitt.edu by December 6.

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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