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International Seminar Series: News in a Post-Truth Era
John Huxford, Associate Professor of the ISU School of Communication, will present “News in a Post-Truth Era: Journalism and the 2016 Presidential Election”
In covering the current U.S. Presidential election, the news media faces new and serious challenges. The mounting impact of social media, the siloing of political news, systematic attacks on the credibility of journalism, the growing centrality of conspiracy theories, and the candidates’ willingness to engage in deliberate falsehoods are combining to take journalism–and those it serves–into dangerous new territory. If we are entering a post truth era, how did we get there? How can journalism respond? And what might be the implications for democracy of such a move, both nationally and across the globe?
Dr John Huxford is a former British reporter, editor and feature writer who has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism. Since receiving his doctorate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, his research has centered on the textual and visual construction of news, with recent journal articles exploring issues surrounding whistleblowing and the role of emotion in news work. He teaches classes in news literacy and cultural studies.
In accordance with the International Strategic Plan, Illinois State University is in the process of developing campus-wide global learning goals. This is an exciting time of growth and change for the ISU community. Comprehensive campus internationalization, as it is called, goes far beyond study-abroad trips and international student recruitment. It includes the expansion of internationally-oriented courses, clubs, dining, housing, civic engagement and other activities at our home campus and affiliated locations. This past Spring, the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) dedicated its International Studies Seminar Series to the topics of Global Learning with a focus on Global Engagement. This Fall, we will examine The U.S. Presidential Election, its Global Implications, and its Comparative Perspectives. The International Studies Seminar Series will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the Bone Student Center at 100 N. University St., Normal, IL 61761, starting August 31st and ending on November 16th. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are all encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Schmeeckle at email@example.com or (309) 438-2932.
This is part of the continuing International Studies Seminar Series sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs. Small snacks will be served.