RYE, N.Y. – A panel of journalists and media experts will conduct a discussion on Fake News, the First Amendment and Democracy on Wednesday, May 17 at Rye Community Synagogue at 7:30 p.m.
The panel’s aim is to help consumers learn how to be savvy interpreters and responsible sharers of the news stories they’re bombarded with on a daily basis and reflect on the value of a free press.
- Heather Cabot, author, adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School and former ABC News correspondent and anchor
- Taegan Goddard, founder of the political website, Political Wire
- Chris Vlasto, Executive Producer of Good Morning America
- Diana Williams, reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News
- Lee Woodruff, author and contributing reporter for CBS This Morning, (moderator and Rye resident)
Panelists will discuss real versus fake news, the media’s response to the challenges reporters are facing in the current political climate, and highlight its role in ensuring a healthy democracy, among other topics.
“As voters, we need to be educated citizens,” said Andi Hessekiel, a journalist and organizer of the panel.
“We all have a responsibility to follow the news. But how do you do it when so many Americans can’t even agree on basic facts?
"We are fortunate to have several respected journalists living in our community who are willing to discuss these issues and how they affect the government and our democracy. It should be a really interesting evening.”
The event is free but registration is required to attend. To register, go to https://fakenewsmediapanel.eventbrite.com .
Community Synagogue is located at 200 Forest Avenue in Rye.
The discussion is made possible by We Persist, a local grassroots organization that sprang from the January 2017 Women’s March.