Contextualizing media credibility in 2018


When I was at the AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, I attended a session about contextualizing media credibility. The panelists talked about the historical relationship between media and government, as well as other powerful institutions. One of the panelists, Dr. Kim Pearson (The College of New Jersey), told a poignant story about the sources we use to construct narratives. She said to "interrogate the silence": Sometimes it's not what you find in the primary sources, but what's missing from the primary sources that speaks loudest. Here is a short video from The Princeton and Slavery Project that encompasses what she meant.