Rivera addresses the theme of SURVIVAL with his talk, The Attack on Real News, in which he looks at both the deleterious impact and opportunities for news organizations, particularly newspapers, amid the current efforts by the Trump administration and hyper-partisan outlets to delegitimize real news as “fake.“ Since the Great Recession of 2008, newspapers have struggled to survive. More than 100 newspapers across the country have folded. Many surviving newsrooms are half the size they were a decade ago. Now with the constant barrage of attacks on the media by President Donald Trump — “fake news,” “enemy of the American people” — the future of traditional, objectively reported journalism is as uncertain as ever. A recent Gallup poll showed trust in mainstream media to be at an all-time low. But this environment has also provided an opportunity for real news outlets to clearly define their mission to the public and, in some cases, rethink their priorities.
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