Celebrating the 6th Annual SHU Media Exchange
Media Contact: Harshal Varpe, Outreach Producer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY’S 6TH ANNUAL MEDIA EXCHANGE
TO EXPLORE IMPACTS OF FAKE NEWS
(Fairfield, CT – May 17, 2017) Sacred Heart University’s School of Communications and Media Arts (SCMA) will be hosting its 6th annual SHU Media Exchange, June 22, with an interactive and live discussion titled “Fake News, Real Problems: Journalism and Education in the Digital Era.” The free event, will take place at 6 p.m. in SHU’s Martire Business and Communications Center. Produced entirely by graduate students, the program will also be streamed live on WSHU Public Radio Website – www.wshu.org.
Former NBC/CBS News anchor Faith Daniels will return as the moderator for this year’s event. The other members of our expert panel will include:
· Simon T. Bailey - a motivational, Hall of Fame speaker and best-selling author.
· Ellen McDonnell - a retired former National Public Radio news executive.
· Professor Belinha De Abreu - a media literacy educator expert.
The panelists will discuss their thoughts on current issues regarding “fake news,” how it affects society and the problems it causes real problems. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their opinions as well.
Event faculty adviser Joseph Alicastro, believes that this year’s topic is crucial to the foundation of our democracy, stating: “I do worry that many Americans are not getting their information from reliable sources.” Professor Alicastro is SHU’s director of news and broadcasting and has advised the Exchange from its start in 2011.
Professors, staff and graduate students are working hard on preparation and eagerly awaiting this year’s forum. “Approximately 40 students are all working together towards a shared goal of creating a meaningful program and exploring an important issue in the media industry. Because the topic of fake news is so important and so ‘in the news’, I’m more excited than ever about the prospects of this year’s SHU Media Exchange,” Alicastro said.
In addition to the open forum, the media exchange will highlight the SCMA graduate students and their talents, giving visitors a hands-on look at what the school’s graduate program has to offer. Guests are also invited to continue the conversation, and network with industry professionals, alumni and students at pre and post event receptions. Tours of Martire Center be offered.
For more information, please contact Harshal Varpe at firstname.lastname@example.org
About SHU Media Exchange
The SHU Media Exchange connects students from Sacred Heart University’s Master of Arts in Communication Program (MACOMM) with established professionals and innovative leaders from the media industry. Since 2012, the event has provided MACOMM students the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to the test by having them design, create, and present a live-streamed event for the public.
Harshal Varpe, Outreach Producer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PIECING IT TOGETHER: SIXTH ANNUAL SHU MEDIA EXCHANGE DISCUSSES “FAKE NEWS” IN THE MEDIA
FAIRFIELD, CONN. — Former NBC/CBS News Anchor Faith Daniels discussed the phenomenon and impact of “fake news” with a panel of veteran media and educational experts, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Martire Business and Communications Center at Sacred Heart University.
Daniels, who returned as moderator at this year’s 6th annual Media Exchange event, titled “Fake News, Real Problems: Journalism and Education in the Digital Era”, led an open and interactive discussion on current media-related issues. The importance of critical thinking, media literacy and citizenship were emphasized to help keep the phenomenon of fake news in check.
Many subjects about “fake news” were discussed, from definitions to potential solutions. The conversation was easy going as Daniels and her three panelists took turns in sharing their opinions on the matter.
When asked if the words “fake news” have lost meaning panelist Dr. Belinha De Abreau agreed, “We should use the words bias and propaganda to actually delineate the differences, fake news changes the focus and is a distraction from what's really going on.”
Daniels discussed the historic similarities of propaganda between today and George Orwell’s “1984”: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
When asked how fake news made his job more difficult, WSHU Public Radio’s Senior Political Reporter, Ebong Udoma shared a story of his coverage of a Trump rally held at Sacred Heart University last year, “as soon as they saw me coming with my microphone, they called me fake news. It took awhile, but I told them I would be fair, and have their viewpoints.”
The SHU Media Exchange connects students from Sacred Heart University’s Master of Arts in
Communication Program (MACOMM) with established professionals and innovative leaders from the
media industry. Since 2012, the event has provided MACOMM students the opportunity to put their skills
and knowledge to the test by having them design, create, and present a live-streamed event for the public.