WWU Faculty to Participate in ‘Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism’ May 29

Western Washington University faculty will participate in “Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at The Upfront Theatre at 1208 Bay St. in Bellingham.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Register for Think and Drink at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4193672.

This event will look at the role journalism plays in our democracy and how the filed has changed in recent years. Journalist Claudia Rowe will moderate the conversation with Associate Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen, Assistant Professor of Journalism Betsy O'Donovan, and Bellingham Herald reporter Kie Relyea, who is a lecturer in the Department of Journalism.

“U.S. journalistic freedom is facing threats on a scale I haven't seen in my more than 25 years as a journalist and journalism educator,” Nielsen said. “These threats come from the White House, from business models that have decimated newsrooms, and from declining audience trust.”

“Think and Drink Breaking News - The State of American Journalism” is presented by Humanities Washington. The goal of Humanities Washington is to spark conversation and critical thinking in thoughtful and engaged communities across Washington state. This event is part of a statewide series, “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in an Age of Misinformation.”

For more information about this event, contact Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen at carolyn.nielsen@wwu.edu or go to https://www.humanities.org/event/think-drink-breaking-news-the-state-of-american-journalism-6/.

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