A panel of experts featuring local news writers, reporters and UNO professors will discuss the importance of truth in the new war on the press
“We now live in a world in which our leaders can cry ‘fake news’ when something is published that they don't like. That's not who we are. We, as a journalism school, need to be part of this conversation."
- Don Bowen
The panel begins at 11:30 a.m. on April 13, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Room 101. The event, sponsored by the UNO School of Communication, is free and open to the public.
Panelists are UNO Professor Dr. Chris Allen, KETV News Director Rose Ann Shannon, Omaha World-Herald political reporter Robynn Tysver and UNO instructor Don Bowen.
Bowen, moderator and organizer of the event, said these panelists were chosen because of their experience and expertise in the journalism field. They are looking to share the truth about the media seeking out stories, especially when political leaders are continually blaming the media for producing “fake news.”
Allen has worked in the journalism field and currently teaches a variety of broadcasting and mass communication courses at UNO. His research is rooted in journalism ethics.
Shannon is a UNO graduate with over 40 years of news broadcasting expertise. She was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a strong proponent of the First Amendment.
After a 20-year award-winning career as a journalist, covering everything from local government to sports, Bowen found his home in teaching at UNO. Bowen said he enjoys researching media and agenda setting.