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Journalism in the Age of Trump


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A panel of journalists will examine changes in the media industry, including the impact of President Donald Trump, at a panel discussion at Edinboro University. “Journalism in the Age of Trump” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107A of Compton Hall.

In addition to addressing changing business models and the influence of digital platforms, the panelists will discuss President Trump’s often adversarial relationship with the media, including his frequent accusations of “fake news” and extensive use of Twitter as a tool for influencing public opinion.

• Janice Castro, former reporter and editor for TIME Magazine and retired faculty member from Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
• Kevin Flowers, senior reporter with the GoErie.com | Erie Times-News
• Kate Giammarise, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dakota Palmer, executive editor of The Spectator, Edinboro’s campus newspaper, will moderate the discussion. Palmer is a senior public relations major from Erie and a graduate of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.

Panelist Information
Janice Castro was a reporter and editor at Time for 26 years. She headed Time’s interactive operations as assistant managing editor/new media for Time, Inc., supervising online news and community for the company’s magazines, including People, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Money. As a faculty member, she was Northwestern University’s coordinator for News21, a multimedia reporting collaboration by 12 universities funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism.

Kevin Flowers has been a reporter at the Erie Times-News for 28 years. Flowers, who currently covers city government, has been responsible for extensive enterprise/investigative reporting on various subjects. He is a past winner of the National Headliner and IRE Awards for investigative reporting. Additionally, the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) named Flowers the organization’s 2017 Print Journalist of the Year.

Kate Giammarise covers poverty and social services for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She previously spent three years in the newspaper’s State Capitol bureau in Harrisburg, covering state government and politics. Prior to that, she covered poverty issues for the Toledo Blade after beginning her journalism career at newspapers in the Ohio towns of Chillicothe and Lorain. She has received numerous journalism awards, including a 2017 Kiplinger Fellowship at the Ohio State University.

The purpose of this panel is to educate and provide information about challenging issues we are faced with today, while fostering an environment that is inclusive, accepting and willing to engage in meaningful discussion.

The panel, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Edinboro Now. Edinboro Campus Media includes ETV, The Spectator and WFSE-FM. All three student-led organizations provide content to www.EdinboroNow.com.