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The Importance of Media in a Free and Democratic Society

July 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

Barrett, The Honors College, in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists at ASU, the Multicultural Student Journalists Coalition at ASU and the Cronkite School, is hosting a panel of journalists to explore the importance of media in our democracy.

The discussion will cover their experiences in communications fields, including how to highlight diversity in reporting and tips for remaining resilient and objective. A Q&A will immediately follow the event.

The discussion is moderated by Vanessa Ruiz, Director of Cronkite News - Borderlands and Director for Diversity Initiatives.

The event will be live-streamed on Barrett, The Honors College Facebook and YouTube pages.

Polarization and Journalism: A Binational Conversation

July 16, 2020 - 3:00pm

We face a contradictory scenario. Now more than ever, as we confront a pandemic, an economic crisis and a reconception of our collective normal, we need rigorous, transparent and brave journalism. At the same time, political polarization and the culture of disinformation on social media platforms threaten to discredit all news organizations equally.

How can we restore confidence in journalism and the notion of shared narratives and objective information? Join a binational conversation about the future of media in a polarized world.

This virtual event is part of ASU's Convergence Lab series and will be held in Spanish.


  • Andrés Martínez, professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, editorial director of Future Tense, and former editorial board member of the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
  • Carlos Bravo Regidor, professor and coordinator of the Journalism Program of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico, columnist in Reforma, Expansión, and Gatopardo.

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