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San Diego Library, Journalists Launch Media Literacy Program – NBC 7 San Diego

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The San Diego Public Library is launching a series of free media literacy programs that will include discussions on political reporting, investigative journalism, and fake news, starting with a virtual panel discussion with local journalists on Monday at 6pm.

“The library is a place for information and education, and that education extends to the media people consume on a daily basis,” said Misty Jones, director of the San Diego Public Library. “News reaches us quickly these days, and by opening a discussion about media literacy, the library hopes to encourage people to be critical about what they read and see.”

The first program in the series of four panels is “Where Do We Go from Here: Life After the Trump White House” and focuses on how journalists report on elected officials. The program will be hosted by San Diego Union Tribune Editorial and Opinion Director Matthew Hall and will be Kate Morrissey, Union Tribune immigration reporter; Ismael Estrada, editor-in-chief of NBC 7 San Diego; Chris Megerian, White House reporter for the Los Angeles Times; investigative journalist Jean Guerrero; and Alex Presha from ABC News.

“This series is an effort by local journalism organizations and the City of San Diego to create awareness and appreciation for why journalism matters, what it is and what it isn’t,” said Hall, who is also president of the Society of Professional Journalists. “Media literacy has never been so important.”

The series is a partnership between SDPL and the San Diego Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Pro Chapter, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego-Tijuana Chapter, and the Online News Association San Diego Chapter.

To register for the program, click here. Further programs will be announced at a later date.

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