Nov 2

How to Find Quality News About the 2020 Election

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Online
How to Find Quality News About the 2020 Election
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How to Find Quality News About the 2020 Election. (Open session).

Discussion and Q&A led by SMC Journalism/Media Studies Professor Sharyn Obsatz and journalist Minerva Canto about how the news media cover elections and the difference between news reporting and commentary/analysis. We also will focus on how social media has increased partisan information and where to look for higher quality information.

  • SMC Professor Sharyn Obsatz is a bilingual journalist who has covered city and county elections for newsrooms in California and New Mexico. She has taught journalism and media studies for 19 years, including at SMC, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. 
  • Minerva Canto is a bilingual journalist who has worked for the Associated Press and newspapers in California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, covering beats that included immigration, arts, crime and courts. She has written freelance stories about social issues for online media such as VICE, CALMatters, and Sojourners. A native of Mexico City, she also has reported throughout Mexico, including covering a presidential campaign. Other election coverage includes covering the Democratic and Republican national conventions, writing about ballot measures, interviewing voters on Election Day and covering breaking news on election night.

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