Day 1: Welcome to the 2023 Collaborative Journalism Summit
3:45PM Jun 20, 2023
george washington university
So I guess with that we're getting started. So, welcome to the collaborative journalism Summit. I'm Stefanie Murray. I'm the director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State. And I'm so happy to have you here today. We have got about 250 people register for the conference. And folks will be coming in and out all day.
And we are really thrilled to be on the campus of George Washington University here at the School of Media and Public Affairs. So to get us started, I'd like to welcome Peter Loesch from the School of Media and Public Affairs to welcome you to this year's conference.
Morning, as all of you saw from your programs, the welcome is supposed to be done by Silvio Waisbord, who's the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs and Professor full professor who teaches and writes about journalism. I'm Peter Loge, the associate director and associate professor and I work in politics. So basically, just like Sylvia, only much less so.
Welcome to the School of Media Public Affairs at GW. Some of you may recognize this stage in this setting, if you're old enough, from the TV show that helped really, really deflate American democracy, this is where crossfire was is taped. So John Stewart, it turns out was right Tucker Carlson was trying to break America. The the challenges our nation and our world face are blindingly complex and incredibly interrelated. You can't talk about migration without talking about climate without talking about health, without talking about access to justice. You can't talk about public health and mental health issues and mental illness without talking about addiction without talking about housing, without talking about, again, access to justice. complicated problems require complicated solutions and complicated analyses, which means collaboration, which is the remarkable work you're doing.
Some of that work, obviously, is already paying dividends. They succeeding in places like California and Washington, DC and Salt Lake and elsewhere. really remarkable stuff. Journalism, of course, faces its own set of complicated, interrelated challenges. Their questions of trust questions have access questions of locality, and of course, who's going to pay for all of it? And again, complicated questions probably require complicated answers, which is the work you're doing. I've seen the program I look forward to hopefully popping in some of the sessions over the next next day or so we'll also visiting some climate work and climate activism and climate research being done upstairs as well. I hope to learn from you, I hope to follow up on this conference. Most importantly, here in snpa. From my perspective, most importantly, is we're training our students to go into this complicated world. Our journalism students have to take data analysis, right, they have to take media ethics, they're encouraged to take courses and political communication to work across the university to have a robust liberal arts education, which they learn how to write, learn how to think, learn how to critique, learn how to work together, learn how to collaborate to address some of these complicated problems. So with all of that, thank you for the work you're doing. Thank you for collaborating. Thank you for helping pay for it for the funders here today. And thanks for joining us here in the School of Media Public Affairs.