An Objective Media—Fact or Fiction?

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Alternative facts and fake news have complicated our trust in the Fourth Estate, but has our media ever been truly objective and democratic?

On May 15, 2019, the Media & Democracy program hosted a discussion at the Brooklyn Historical Society that challenged that very notion, exploring America’s long-standing romanticizing of what the media is and how it functions. Race, gender, and power have always played an essential role defining the news we serve to the public. The event looked at the people who have benefited from this dynamic, as well as those who have been harmed. Panelists included Karen Hunter, SiriusXM host and former New York Daily News columnist; Kim Gallon, founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective and assistant professor of history at Purdue University; and Andie Tucher, director of Columbia Journalism School’s PhD program. The event was moderated by Kathryn Cramer Brownell, associate professor at Purdue University.

This event served as the opening plenary for the Media & Democracy program's two-day research workshop on "Media, Technology, and Democracy in Historical Context."

The Media & Democracy program presented this event in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society.

With support from:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Democracy Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation