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Global Journalists To Discuss Misinformation In St. Petersburg

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Global journalists will gather in St. Petersburg Thursday to discuss misinformation and other issues facing the media. COURTESY LEARNPOST.ORG

Journalists from more than 20 countries will talk about the ways they handle disinformation during an open discussion in St. Petersburg.

Thursday’s panel discussion, which will be open to the public, will be hosted by the Open Partnership Education Network and World Partnerships.

According to Gary Springer, the president of World Partnerships, “(the journalists) will be talking about things like combating disinformation and the whole notion of fake news.”

The panelists, who come from countries in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, will share their perspectives with the local community.

“This is a real opportunity for the community to hear what's going on in the world from the folks that are actually reporting on it from out there.” said Springer.

Other issues that will be discussed will include freedom of expression and the impact of investigative journalism on history, current politics and society.

“We will have journalists from every region in the world. There's a lot going on in the world these days, and a lot going on in these journalists’ countries, and this will be a great opportunity to explore with them,” Springer said.

The reporters are part of the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which “brings journalism professionals from around the world to the United States to examine the responsibilities of a free press in a democracy.”

The program has brought more than 1,500 foreign journalists to the U.S. in the past 15 years.

WUSF Public Media is a sponsor for this event. It’s free and will take place at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please click here.

Manelle Kheireddine is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for fall 2019.
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