Multi-Regional Special Initiative:
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists
“Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation”
In Partnership With
Nielsen Global Technology and Innovation Center
World Partnerships partnered with Nielsen Global Technology and Innovation Center to create this first-of-its-kind “virtual panel” worldwide broadcast project. Nielsen is the world’s leader in consumer research and media measurement and has their international headquarters in the Tampa Bay area.
Drawing upon the experiences of a panel of World Partnerships IVLP journalist alumni, this virtual panel addressed these issues from the perspective of investigative reporting. A number of these journalists have experience worldwide as investigative journalists. They have reported on government corruption, refugees, Ebola and other pandemics, regional fact-checking, ethnic cleansing and discrimination, and global tax evasion. Countries represented included Brazil, Poland and South Africa. They represent print, television and multimedia outlets, are alumni of the Murrow Program, and have all visited World Partnerships in Tampa Bay. Our panel included Julian Rademeyer (South Africa), Marzena Suchan (Poland), and Joao Paulo Charleaux (Brazil). Janelle Irwin Taylor, reporter at FloridaPolitics.com and WMNF radio host, moderated this two-hour discussion between the panelists and the program delegation. The panel was broadcast worldwide to invited guests from World Partnerships Advisors, and “Journeys in Journalism” students in Pinellas County.
The afternoon panel dialogue was entitled “Winning the Information Battle: Military Perspectives on Countering Disinformation”, and included experts and practitioners from US Central Command and US Special Operations Command who talked about the issues, the rules, and techniques related to countering violent extremism and mitigating and reducing conflict through targeted public, identifiable information campaigns on multiple platforms. Howard Altman, award-winning journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, moderated the panel, which included: Col. Victor Garcia, Chief, Information Operations Division, SOCOM; Capt. Jason Salata, Director, Office of Communication, SOCOM; and Capt. William Urban, Director, Office of Communication, CENTCOM.