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A Free Press: Cornerstone of Democracy with Gail Rhodes

May 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects press freedom. Freedom of the press is important because it plays a vital role in informing citizens about public affairs and monitoring the actions of government. But what happens when public trust in the media is eroded by sensationalism, foreign influences or bots, fake news, and business monopolies? Who makes the news and what is newsworthy? Is non-partisan news coverage based on facts even still possible? What is the role of the media in keeping us informed today, and who is accountable when intentional misrepresentation occurs? Join us for a critical look at the impact of the media in a democratic society.

This program is cohosted by Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library. This is an in-person event.

Please be advised that we do not record the conversations in Frank Talks programs. We ask that all participants respect this rule. You participate at your own risk, and agree to hold harmless Arizona Humanities and the State Library.

Gail Rhodes is a PhD student and an adjunct professor at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University with more than 16 years of professional experience working as a television reporter. She worked for the Fox Sports Network in Chicago and helped to launch the Comcast Sports Network. Rhodes has been an adjunct professor for Cronkite since 2014, where she teaches advanced television sports reporting, and advanced topics in sports media. Her doctoral studies focus on the intersection of sports culture, media and society.


May 10, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Flagstaff City Coconino County Public Library


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