2017 UN Day Conference

 

2017 UN Day Conference

Media as an Enabler of Democracy


Keynote Speaker

David Cay Johnston

Columnist | Author | Pulitzer Prize Winner

David Cay Johnston

 

The 2017 conference was held Friday, October 27 at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. The topic of the conference was “The Media as an Enabler of Democracy.”

 

Panels

Panelists

Wes Renfro

Political science professor | St. John Fisher College

Joel Kaplan

Journalism professor | Syracuse University

Panelists

Kathleen Donovan

Political science professor | St. John Fisher College

Julie Philipp

Editor | Democrat and Chronicle

Panelists

Ronen Shay

Media and journalism professor | St. John Fisher College

Marcel Mutsindashyaka

Fulbright scholar/student | Rochester Institute of Technology

Panelists

Douglas Bicket 

Media and journalism professor | St. John Fisher College

Jim Memmott

Retired journalist/Adjunct professor of English | University of Rochester

 

Topic: The Media as an Enabler of Democracy

The media and the authenticity of information it publishes has been in the public spotlight recently. The quality and verity of information the media publishes has a direct effect on the voting population and on the democratic process itself. By keeping the voters informed of the issues, the media truly has the power to enable democracy. This year’s conference addressed some of these concerns for the truth by analyzing the issue from various perspectives.

Faculty and scholars from political science, media and communications, journalism, and business departments representing colleges and universities in the Rochester area and western New York analyzed this topical issue from various perspectives. Following our Pulitzer Prize winning Keynote Speaker, David Cay Johnston, four panel-style discussion sessions encompassed various types of media. Print, television, photo, and social medias were all addressed.