Organizers: Fix Democracy First, Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media at Gonzaga University, and NW Center for Media Literacy at University of Washington
Join us to explore & examine the questions: What role does the media play in democracy and why does democracy need media? How did we get here? What does a pro-democracy media look like? What can people do to bring about or encourage change in the system? Panelists include: Dr. John S. Caputo is the Professor Emeritus and founder of the Master's Program in Communication & Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, and founding member of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media; Dr Denis Muller is a journalist, broadcaster and academic. He worked as a newspaper journalist for 27 years and is currently a weekly commentator on media issues for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Dr. Carolyn Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She researches areas including girls and video games, women and leadership, and media literacy. And she co-directs the media literacy center at Gonzaga (NWARM); Sandra Williams is an activist, lecturer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, equity, and social justice. She is the Publisher and Editor of The Black Lens, an independent community publication, based in Spokane; and Frank W. Baker, is a media literacy education trainer. He operates the Media Literacy Clearinghouse resource website.