Prominent Boston Journalists to Discuss the Role of Media in Democracy

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A panel of journalists from the Boston Globe, NPR and investigative reporters will be in Watertown to discuss the role of the media in the United States today. 

The April 2 event, called “What is the Role of Media in our Democracy,” is sponsored by Progressive Watertown and will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank room of the Watertown Library. We will be exploring questions related to the role of Media in light of the political attacks on the media by the President. We will ask questions such as how do we filter distortions in the news and how does the media fight false narratives, etc.

David King will be the moderator. He is a  Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program. Professor King chairs Harvard’s Bi-Partisan Program for Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress, and he directs the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government.

Our panelists are:

Bruce Gellerman – an award-winning journalist and senior correspondent, frequently covering science, business, technology and the environment. Bruce is a member of WBUR’s Bostonomix team focusing on stories about energy, the environment and the future of everything.

Michele McPhee – Best-selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative journalist, and award-winning columnist. A veteran investigative journalist, she is the best-selling author of five true crime titles: A Professor’s Rage, A Date With Death, Heartless — The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Brutal Murder of His Wife and Baby, When Evil Rules, and A Mob Story.

Nick Osborne – digital media expert from the Globe’s Editorial board.

Joshua Miller – Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C. at ABC News and the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call before joining the Globe in 2013.

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