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CLS: Journalism & Media Literacy

In an ever-changing world with many different forms of news and media, it’s important to analyze and make informed judgments as users of information.

Hans Meyer

Monday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Media Literacy: The Who, Where, When & What of How You Get News”

It’s easy to separate media into categories based on bias, but the real formula for how news and information get to you is a lot more complicated.

In this lecture, Hans Meyer examines the classical foundation of journalism, including why the founding fathers included speech and press protections in the Bill of Rights, to understanding why news looks the way it does.

Meyer will also explore how business and technology contribute to the mix, with the end goal of providing a framework to help us determine credible and useful news.

Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Algorithms, Memes, Virality: What Drives Social Media Engagement (& How I Can Get in on It!)”

Like news, it’s easy to oversimplify social media, but it’s much more complex than memes, viral videos and Aunt Martha’s green bean casserole recipe. In fact, it’s a multi-billion-dollar industry fueled by tech giants who are more interested in exploring what technology can do than whether it should.

That doesn’t mean Facebook, Instagram and TikTok can’t produce valuable information. It just means that consumers have to be critical and even a bit skeptical about what they see. Knowing this, however, empowers individuals to maximize the engagement and social benefits these platforms offer and reach audiences more completely and effectively than ever before.

Tuesday, June 25, 3:30 p.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Reinvigorating Truth & Trust: A New Strategy for Higher Education”

In an era of perpetual global information warfare and declining trust in institutions, American journalist and public relations executive Chris Davey and Duch historian and PR tech executive Bart Verhulst propose a strategy for higher education to address the twin crises of truth and trust.

By supporting research in communications and journalism, applying new research to journalism education, teaching media literacy and embracing the role of news publishers, universities can help restore public confidence and promote a more informed and resilient society.

Davey is a strategic communications consultant with more than 30 years of experience in government, higher education and media. He’s a founding partner of 30PR, a national communications consulting firm.

He was Senior Associate Vice President for Ohio State University (OSU) for more than six years where he managed social media, crisis response, executive communications and media relations. For 11 years, Davey was the Chief Communications Officer for the Supreme Court of Ohio, where he served as a Senior Advisor and Speechwriter for the Chief Justice.

In 2015, Davey co-authored the chapter on courts and the media in the American Bar Association’s textbook on judicial administration. He is a former journalist covering politics and government for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Dayton Daily News.

Davey has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in journalism and communications from OSU, where he was a Fellow in the Kiplinger Public Affairs Journalism Program in 2002.

Elizabeth Meyers Hendrickson

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“What Happened to the Hometown Paper?”
The last 20 years have been devastating for the country’s newspaper industry, but it’s not all bad news. Find out what happened, where we are now and what quality journalism needs to survive.

Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“Us vs. Them? How to Bridge the Generational Social Media Divide”
For many people over the age of 40, “TikTok” is the sound a clock makes. However, for nearly 150-million Americans, it’s the source for a seemingly endless scroll of short videos created and shared by other users. How can journalists use TikTok —and other social media—to engage and inform citizens of all ages.

Elizabeth Meyers Hendrickson is a professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in magazine publishing, podcasting and mass communication research.

Hendrickson has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a network news producer and for nearly a decade and as a magazine entertainment editor in New York City. What she brings to the classroom is an understanding of media dynamics and technology and an unfailing optimism and curiosity about the continued evolution of journalism.

Her published research appears in the Journal of Magazine Media and Journalism Practice, and she’s on the editorial board of the Newspaper Research Journal.

Hendrickson, a fourth generation Lakesider who earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Curt Prendergast

Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
“The Future of Journalism”

Curt Prendergast is a co-founder of the Tucson Agenda, a daily newsletter focused on government and politics in Tucson.

Prior to founding the Tucson Agenda, he was the opinion editor at the Arizona Daily Star, the daily newspaper in Tucson where he also covered the U.S.-Mexico border, federal court, local government, transportation, and pretty much every beat you can imagine.

He believes local journalism is the key to a healthy democracy and loves talking about it.


Jun 26 - 28, 2024



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