Contact: Jack Dominic March 26, 2017
Phone: (513) 777-0027
Local media to discuss ‘Who can I trust to give me the real news?” at VOA Museum April 26
Journalists to explore, explain the importance of an educated public in a democracy
The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a panel discussion titled, “Who Can I Trust to Give Me the Real News?” on Thursday, April 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the VOA museum in West Chester.
The public event underwritten by Kehoe Financial Advisors will be held in Clyde Haehnle Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
“An educated public is essential to the survival of a democracy,” said Ginny McCabe, a Cox Media Group journalist and president of the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. “In today’s culture, the media plays a vital role in presenting the public with the truth in a manner that is fair, thorough and accurate. Journalists have a responsibility to act with honesty and integrity as they gather the news and report it. We’d also like to share some of the critical thinking skills and standards we employ as journalists so the public can better discern between accurate news and news designed to persuade or manipulate.”
WCPO reporter Tom McKee will moderate discussion on how journalists determine real from fake news, where and how to access trustworthy news, and how to identify fake news and avoid accidently promoting it through social media.
Panel members will include: Kevin Aldridge, opinion editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer; Ann Thompson, news reporter at WVXU; Jim Bebbington, senior news editor for the Dayton Daily News; and Hagit Limor, former investigative reporter and now associate professor of electronic media at the University of Cincinnati.
“The community journalism panel was our most popular event last year, with a standing-room only crowd,” said Jack Dominic, VOA museum executive director. “The need to help citizens access accurate news in at-risk societies and sharing America’s voice with the world has always been the core mission of the Voice of America and it’s one that our museum fully embraces.”
The Voice of America, based in Washington, D.C., is the world’s largest international broadcaster, providing balanced and comprehensive news and information in 45 languages to 236 million people each week, according to the VOA website. It continues to reach people in countries lacking a free press today. Its languages include: Russian; Ukrainian; Azerbaijani; Serbian; Armenian; Thai; and Somali.
Tickets can be reserved by calling the museum at (513) 777-0027. Tickets will also be available at the door, but seating is limited. Other programs and exhibits are in the works for the VOA museum this year. Now offered are annual $50 and $250 memberships that entitle members to free admission and discounts and access to special events and exhibits. The annual gala fundraiser benefitting the museum will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 this year.
The VOA museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 8070 Tylersville Road in West Chester. General admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Docents are always needed and are trained on the history of the Voice of America, its technology at the VOA-Bethany station, the history of wireless radio and Cincinnati’s radio and TV broadcast history.
For more information on becoming a docent, a gala sponsor or to purchase event tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org call (513) 777-0027. To access Voice of America programs, visit www.voanews.com.
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