The Journalism Students of B-CC High School present

Trust Falls!

a forum on America’s
falling-out with mass media
February 23-25, 2021

We see how polarized our country has become- progressives over here relying exclusively on The New York Times and MSNBC for their news, conservatives over there relying on Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

Yet, what gets far less attention is the growing majority of Americans who have given up faith in mass media altogether. According to a 2020 Gallup poll, only 40% of Americans trust newspapers, television and radio of any kind to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.” In short, America’s trust in mass media has fallen on hard times.

Join us as we discuss what this fall means for the future of our democracy and society.

Our Forum program

Reserve your spot(s) below... for free.

Be sure to use an email address (personal email address) that we can reach both in/out of your school district. 

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Trust Falls is made possible by (and organized in honor of) the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to drive academic success for all B-CC students.  After you register, please consider making a donation to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation.



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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (EST) Available Slot
02/22/2021 (Mon.) 11:20am - 12:20pm  

Protecting journalists and returning to fact-based journalism (36)

Kathy Kiely - University of Missouri (for MCPS Students/teachers).

Already filled
1:40pm - 2:40pm  

"Fake" News. Is it real? How to counter it? (46)

Paul Teller - Office of Former Vice President, Mike Pence (for MCPS Students/teachers)

Already filled
02/23/2021 (Tue.) 7:00pm - 8:00pm  

"Does mass media even matter anymore?" (256)

Featuring Brian Stelter (CNN)

Already filled
02/24/2021 (Wed.) 2:30pm - 3:30pm  

To what extent can Social Media be trusted to carry the torch of truth? (40)

Ashley Landrum- Texas Tech University, College of Media and Communication

Already filled

Fake News: Is It Real? (33)

Paul Teller- Office of the Former Vice President

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Frenemies: in the relationship between media and administration- where is the line between “adversarial” and “antagonistic?” (40)

Sebastian Smith- AFP wire service

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Getting more voices/representation in media and science (in Spanish) (40)

Paula Andalo- Kaiser Health News

16 of 40 slots filled

An Indecent Proportion: how do we ensure we get properly-proportioned news coverage when media outlets have no interest in serving it up? (40)

Elaine Monaghan- Indiana University

29 of 40 slots filled

Student-led Workshop: Doom Scrolling: Why, when and how should we turn it all off? (40)

Khloe Quill- Philip Merrill College of Journalism/University of Maryland

25 of 40 slots filled

How Media Literacy will keep you from being uncool (40)

Jonathan Ebinger George Washington University

30 of 40 slots filled
4:00pm - 5:30pm  

The Big Breakout: The National Profile Project (100)

Students from high schools across the country will meet in breakout rooms to interview each other and write contributions to our upcoming publication, “Profiles from a Pandemic.”

53 of 100 slots filled
02/25/2021 (Thu.) 4:00pm - 5:00pm  

Gaming the Newsfeed: How analytics, behavioral microtargeting, and automated up-ranking drive polarization. (45)

Julie Cohen - Georgetown University Law Center

Already filled

Data Dump: Has big-data journalism buried the human story? (45)

Rafael Lorente - Philip Merrill College of Journalism/University of Maryland

33 of 45 slots filled

Blurred Lines: Reporters editorializing? Anchors acting like moral gatekeepers?What are media roles in a digital, 24-hour news cycle? (45)

Eun Kim - CQ Roll Call

Already filled

Misplaced Nostalgia?: Were the “good old days” of only three networks really better? (45)

Anne Farris Rosen- Philip Merrill College of Journalism/University of Maryland

34 of 45 slots filled

Voices of America: How can we protect journalism and journalists from political attack? (45)

Paul Farhi - The Washington Post

Already filled

Student-led Workshop: Fighting Gaslighting: How can we recognize and resist when facts are undermined, denied and manipulated? (40)

Sammer Hajhamad - Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

37 of 40 slots filled

Garbage in/Garbage Out: How can we vet the quality of Information we receive to separate truth from Lies? (45)

Michelle Cottle - New York Times Editorial Board

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Clicks, Ratings, and Subscriptions: How can media outlets maintain standards in the face of financial and political pressures? (45)

Eleanor Clift - The Daily Beast

28 of 45 slots filled
6:45pm - 8:00pm  

6:45 Remarks by Congressman Jamie Raskin & Then 7:00 PM: Polarizing & Paralyzing: how do we disrupt the polarization of mass media and its paralyzing effect on America? (350)

Dana Bash (CNN), Rick Berke (STAT), Gretchen Carlson, A.B. Stoddard (Real Clear Politics), Juan Williams (Fox News), and moderator Kim Wehle (University of Baltimore) and Eli Glickman (B-CC High))

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