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Friday, September 8 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Eroding Fourth Estate? Rebuilding Public Trust in Journalism

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Recent surveys of public trust in the news media have produced sobering results. In one Gallup poll, two-thirds of respondents rated their trust level as “none at all” or “not very much.” In another, half of the respondents said news outlets “intend to mislead, misinform or persuade the public.” This erosion of trust is a problem for the news business that has only grown in recent years. Traditionally underrepresented groups, including the LGBTQ+ community, also have a complicated and, at times, contentious relationship with the press that fuels this distrust. How can newsrooms counteract this trend? And what are the consequences if we don’t?

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Sudeep Reddy

Senior Managing Editor, POLITICO
Sudeep Reddy is a managing editor of POLITICO. He joined POLITICO in early 2017 after a decade in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, where he most recently was an economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news. He was previously a Washington... Read More →
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Gina Chua

Executive Editor, Semafor
Gina Chua is Executive Editor at Semafor, a new global news startup.  Previously she was Executive Editor at Reuters, where she was responsible for editorial operations, including budgets, safety, security and logistics, among other duties. Before she transitioned, Gina – then... Read More →
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Sharif Durhams

Deputy Managing Editor, The Washington Post
Sharif Durhams is a deputy managing editor at The Washington Post. He rejoined The Post in 2022 after serving as managing editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He has overseen homepage teams at The Post and CNN. He is the former president of NLGJA: the Association of LGBTQ... Read More →
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Steven Overly

Reporter, POLITICO
Steven Overly is a journalist in Washington, D.C., with over a decade of experience covering stories at the intersection of business, technology and politics. He currently hosts POLITICO Tech, a daily podcast exploring the ways technology is disrupting politics and policy. As a reporter... Read More →
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Katerina Eva Matsa

Katerina Eva Matsa is the director of news and information research at Pew Research Center, where she specializes in news habits and attitudes in the U.S. and Europe. She is an expert on the impact of technology and politics on the news and information environment and the use of multiple... Read More →


Friday September 8, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Congress C (4th Floor)