Future of Journalism

Journalism professor Matt Waite said protecting freedom of speech for him trumps regulating hate speech. A 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for launching the PolitiFact website, Waite teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was among three panelists speaking during the Nov. 15 discussions about the future of journalism.

LINCOLN — What role should the news media play in our democracy, and what are the obligations of citizens and journalists in today’s news media environment? These are two of a series of complex questions that were part of community conversations in Nebraska.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations, curated the public discussions into the hour-long television special “An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction,” premiering at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 on NET.

Nebraskans and award-winning journalists discuss issues such as identifying biased or inaccurate news, and what the future holds for the circulation and consumption of news.

The discussions were part of Humanities Nebraska-sponsored community forums in Kearney, Lincoln and Norfolk last fall.

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Other journalists on the panels represented a variety of perspectives on the position of the news media in society, and included local and regional voices as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

“An Issue of Trust” repeats at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 on NET World; at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 on NET; and at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 on NET World. To stream the forum in its entirety, visit netNebraska.org/issueoftrust.

This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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