Policing The Truth is a multi-faceted presentation and panel discussion that examines how editors, every-day people and media managers filter and forward information to the public. Policing The Truth explores the issues of the day and evaluates how consumers are influenced by seemingly infinite and often incongruent information. Policing The Truth puts media, corporations and communities under a critical microscope of consideration and analyzes how power creates content, how power curates content and how power corrupts content.
Addressing the idea of policing the truth is a panel of highly respected media representatives and social advocates, including Chester environmental activist Zulene Mayfield, WURD President & CEO Sara Lomax Reese and Host Eric ‘Brother Shomari’ Grimes, and Superintendent of Police at Upper Darby Police Dept. Mike Chitwood. Each panelist will have three minutes to elaborate on what policing the truth means for them in their line of work. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Marimow, our confirmed guest speaker, will open the program with a 10-minute talk about what policing the truth has meant in his career. Seasoned journalist and reconciliation expert Ulysses Slaughter, consultant for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will moderate both the panel discussion and a 20-minute question and answer session.
At the conclusion of our discussion, it is our hope that the audience will be better informed about current events, policies that impact information dissemination and strategies to support community development and sustainability through information sharing.
Policing the Truth will be hosted by Chester Made and Pennsylvania Humanities Council. This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry.
We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.