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.

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