World Press Freedom Day program

When: Thursday, May. 2, 2019 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EST

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Language: English

If hosting a viewing group: Contact Simon van Steyn and Al Murphy

Promotional Materials & Speakers Bios: See below


May 3rd marks the 26th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. This year, the worldwide commemoration of the event will focus on the essential role that media plays in supporting elections and democracy, especially in the face of the increasing challenges of disinformation, declining trust in news media, and intimidation and violence against journalists. As part of this effort, the U.S. Department of State will host an interactive webchat featuring journalists and media experts who will discuss how the digital transformation of media is affecting election reporting and how increasing pressures on a free press undermine democracy. In keeping with the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2019, the panel will discuss these topics, amongst others: 1) How digital transformation of the media is affecting election reporting, including disinformation. 2) How threats to freedom of the press undermine the critical role of media in democracy. 3) How a free press contributes to peace and democracy, especially during elections. The panelists will also answer viewer questions and provide links to resources. Those watching online or participating at a viewing group will be able to share their own experiences and thoughts in the comments section. This Facebook Live webchat will take place on Thursday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. EDT at #WPFD2019


Lucinda Fleeson
Journalism Trainer and Consultant

Award-winning journalist with extensive international training experience in investigative reporting election coverage. Lucinda has trained journalists in Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America and South Asia.

Peter Clottey (Moderator)
Host, VOA’s Nightline Africa

Host of Nightline Africa, a radio magazine show on Saturdays and Sundays and One on One with Peter Clottey, a TV segment on Voice Of Americas’ Africa 54 TV show. Peter has interviewed African heads of state and other governmental officials, as well as rebel and insurgent leaders.

Stephanie Edgerly
Associate Professor of Journalism, Northwestern University

An associate professor of journalism at Northwestern University. Stephanie’s areas of expertise include how audiences create and share news over social media, and how audiences consume media. She also examines how new media alters the way audiences consume news and affect political engagement as well as the mix of news and entertainment. Currently, Edgerly is researching the factors that shape judgments about “fake news” and the strategies people employ for verifying news claims.

Lori Montenegro (Chatspace Expert)
DC Bureau Chief, Noticias Telemundo

Recently named Noticias Telemundo D.C. bureau chief, for the past 20 years Lori was a Washington correspondent for Telemundo, covering the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and the Justice Department. She has covered foreign affairs, Immigration and presidential elections. Lori has helped pave the way for other Afro-Latinos to enter Hispanic media, and won the Presidential Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Promotional Materials:

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Tips Hosting Watch Party Off Camera 1 (docx)

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Questions about this event? Reach out to Simon van Steyn at [email protected]