The Arkansas Humanities Council will conduct a series of public lectures and community discussions exploring the questions: What is the future of journalism? What is its role in the local community? And, what is news literacy in the era of fake news? Events will be conducted in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Magnolia.
Media and Democracy Panel – Magnolia, AR – This panel conversation, hosted at Southern Arkansas University, was moderated by Senior Editor and Columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rex Nelson and featured James Reppert, association professor of mass communications at SAU; Dr. Paul Babbitt, associate professor of political science at SAU; and Mike McNeill, publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. The panelists covered a range of topics from fake news to social media and from local media to the need for investigative reporting and a financially healthy local media. The event was livestreamed on the SAU Facebook page.