Edward R. Murrow Program – Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation

This virtual Edward R. Murrow IVLP project took place over the course of four weeks. The project goals were to examine efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to counter the dissemination of disinformation and misleading reporting; introduce and provide broad exposure to the serious impact of the current threat posed by disinformation and deceptive news; explore ways to verify reliable sources of information and counter misinformation; discuss how social media and new technologies can be utilized to amplify messages, disseminate information and connect with a target audience; consider ways to foster a discerning audience of media consumers; and focus on approaches to build trust between the media, government and citizens.

Eighteen anglophone and francophone journalists from across Africa and Haiti participated in this project which included virtual meetings with resources in five U.S. cities. Highlights included a keynote address by Bob Butler, a Bay Area-based radio journalist who has also trained African journalists; a panel on media literacy that featured perspectives from three different localities (Wisconsin, Florida, and Texas); and the Wisconsin Department of Public Health on their efforts to combat COVID-related misinformation. The group also had time for a private networking session with each other and virtual home hospitality with American hosts.

Bob Butler, a reporter for KCBS Radio in San Francisco, California gives a keynote address to a group of print, radio, and TV journalists from Africa and Haiti on the state of journalism today. The keynote and Q&A focused on how media professionals can combat the spread of misinformation and disinformation.

Sponsors & Partnerships

U.S. Department of State
International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State
Global Ties Arizona
Global Ties San Francisco
San Antonio Council for International Visitors
International Institute of Wisconsin

Project summary

Edward R. Murrow Program – Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation | April 2022
Number of Visitors: 18
Regions: Western Hemisphere, Africa
Countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia
Impact Areas: Media and Journalism
Program Areas: Global Leadership