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Disinfecting Disinformation: How Journalists and Citizen Groups Work to Clean the Mess of Misinformation


Oct 1, 2020 09:27 AM

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Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez
Assistant Professor of Media Studies @School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University
Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez specializes in critical-cultural and digital media studies. He grew up in Balmorhea, Texas and was valedictorian of his graduating class. He attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication. He went on to receive a Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. His hobbies include pop culture, reading, and Spurs basketball. His research focuses on minority representation in media, specifically LGBTQ and Latinx portrayals and identity negotiation, as well as pop culture, identity, radio broadcasting, and issues of masculinity. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is investigating the role of communication (mediated and interpersonal), in the identity negotiation of LGBTI refugees/asylees in the U.S. He has 10 years professional radio experience as on-air talent, sales, promotions, and social media marketing.
Ashley Bryant
Co-founder of Win Black/Pa'lante @A/B Partners
Ashley Bryant leads A/B’s political engagement practice. After 12+ years of a unique professional career of brand building, digital marketing, and political strategy Ashley sits at the intersection of culture, politics, and activism. After serving as the Ohio Digital Director for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, she left the private sector to focus her efforts on building political power in the communities that need it the most. Prior to A/B, Ashley was a VP at 270 Strategies, Federal Digital Director at MoveOn and has advised several non-profits, and campaigns such as Color of Change, Planned Parenthood, Higher Heights for America, etc on strategic engagement and political mobilization as an independent consultant encouraging action through integrated online and offline strategies.
Matthew Hall
President of Society of Professional Journalists @The San Diego Union-Tribune
Matthew T. Hall is the editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he has worked since 2001. He manages the Ideas and Opinion section, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing editorial cartoons, commentaries, letters to the editor and a podcast called “Name Drop San Diego.” Previously, he managed the newsroom’s social media, was a metro columnist and worked as a reporter covering San Diego politics and east and north San Diego County. He is a University of New Hampshire graduate, president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists and past president of the San Diego chapter of SPJ.