Past Event

Changes in the Information Ecosystem: Brazil

October 11, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 802

SPEAKER: Ricardo Gandour is a senior media executive, journalism professor, media consultant and member of several boards of editorial and non-profit organizations in Brazil, including Columbia Global Center. He was the general Director at CBN Radio Network and member of the editorial board of Grupo Globo, executive editor of the dailies “O Estado de S.Paulo”and “Diário de S.Paulo” (2002-2006), and reporter, editor and director at the daily “Folha de S.Paulo”.  Gandour holds a bachelor in Journalism and Civil Engineering and he is Master in Science of Communication at São Paulo University (USP). He was visiting scholar at Columbia Journalism School in 2016 

ABSTRACT: Misinformation and fake news: how did we arrived at this point? The phenomenon of media fragmentation is in the roots of the problem we are increasingly facing. Ricardo Gandour, media senior executive, Columbia Journalism School visiting scholar (2016), researcher and author of “Journalism shrinks, power expands: The second death of public opinion” discusses and analyses the current situation.

About the book: the author stresses the importance of professional journalism in an era when direct communication by government authorities via social media networks has escalated while newsrooms have been shrinking for decades. Mixing practical hands-on experience with academic research, in his work Brazilian journalist Ricardo Gandour brings statistical data on both phenomena and warns of the consequences for the information environment and democracies.

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