Why Journalism Matters: News Literacy in a Democracy

In response to the growing unrest around issues involving the media, politics, and an informed citizenry, the UW Department of Communication and UW Libraries will present a half-day conference dedicated to media and news literacy, on Saturday, April 1 in the Research Commons. Through a series of breakout sessions, event attendees will gain the tools and knowledge they need to positively influence their communities and feel empowered to tell their stories.

The day will begin with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson being interviewed by UW Communication professor, Andrea Otanez, followed by several breakout sessions, including these topics:


  • Evaluating Government Information
  • Photojournalism and Visual Literacy
  • Making Your Voice Heard
  • Underrepresented Voices in Media
  • Being a Savvy News Consumer
  • The Citizen Journalist
  • Transparency, Access, and Open Records


Registration is now open. You can sign up for the Event HERE.


Seating is limited to 120 tickets, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP at your earliest convenience!


Be sure to also sign up for your preferred breakout sessions, using the links embedded in the main Eventbrite page. Finally, you are encouraged to submit questions that Dr. Otanez can incorporate into her interview with AG Ferguson.


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Jeffrey at mqj13@uw.edu.

Battle of the Bands: At 175, New York and Vienna Face Off

It is a quirk of history that two of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, were both founded 175 years ago this spring. Both ensembles are performing in New York this weekend, and to mark their anniversaries, they are displaying treasures from their archives in a rare joint exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Manhattan. Here are some of the highlights — think of it as an archival battle of the bands.  Read the article at the New York Times.