A Moment of (Post) Truth: A Media Workshop and Forum

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30am
UI Main Library
TILE Classroom 1140
Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

The press and the university historically share an investment in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Please join POROI (Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry) for "A Moment of (Post) Truth: a Media Workshop and Forum" on new challenges that audiences and journalists are facing in a moment when the legitimacy of the press, science and the fact itself are vigorously contested. We open up a dynamic space for audiences, students, researchers, journalists, faculty, scientists and politicians to reflect together on the stakes of post-factualism in a democracy, alongside issues of dissent, authority and authoritarianism. What new kinds of conversations and relationships can form in this moment between journalists and the communities on which they are reporting? What mutual responsibilities and strategies—digital and otherwise—are most effective and ethical in a moment when the news cycle and sense of urgency are intensified? What conditions cultivate an open exchange of ideas and lay the foundation for public trust? And what do each of us want journalism, the classroom, and inquiry to look like in a civic democracy?

From 11:30 am to 2:00 pm on March 24, 2017, we invite you to participate in an interactive media analysis workshop, roundtable discussion, and reflection forum. Our mission with this event is to enhance our practices of engaging with the news and undertaking own critical and creative projects in a clamoring media climate. 

This event is free and open to all, but we appreciate your registration: https://goo.gl/2bSaEj


  • Jeff Charis-Carlson, reporter, Iowa City Press-Citizen
  • Jiyeon Kang, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of Iowa
  • Frank Durham, Associate Professor of Journalism and Director, Masters Program in Strategic Communication, University of Iowa
  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Professor of Journalism and Associate Dean of CLAS, University of Iowa
  • John S. Nelson, Professor of Political Science and founder of POROI, University of Iowa
  • Jerald Schnoor, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa


11:30 — Interactive Media Workshop with POROI and IDEAL

  • guided identification of facts and experiments with fact checking
  • guided identification of value-laden rhetoric and critical reflection
  • digital decision tree: what are our options as news readers?

12:15 — drinks and snacks

12:20 — Panel: Truth and Consequences

  • Jiyeon Kang: “Desires Gone Viral: Reading Fake News, Rumors and Internet Bubbles as Political Symptoms”
  • John S. Nelson: “Truth as Common Sense and Fervent Feeling in American Populism, Left and Right”
  • Jerry Schnoor: “Climate Change: The Truth and Post-Truth from the Trump Administration, and How the Press Should Report It”

1:10 — snacks and drinks

1:15 — Roundtable and Group Discussion

  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham: Media Literacy Education
  • Frank Durham: The News Past and Present
  • Jeff Charis-Carlson: A Reporter’s View

1:50 — Collective Reflections