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News about the News (2018)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-05-23

Duration: 00:58:02

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalism | Press | Media | Fake news | Social media


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Pingree, Ray Interviewee
  • Henderson, Michael Interviewee
  • Terzotis, Judi Interviewee
  • DeSantis, John Interviewee
  • Ramrakhiani, Hrilina Speaker
  • Gremillion, Bria Speaker
  • Sternberg, Scott Speaker
  • Bachlet, Lee Speaker
  • Clary, Dale Speaker
  • Williamson, Zoe Speaker
  • Cutrone, Madelyn Speaker
  • Hills, Marshall Speaker
  • West, Elizabeth Speaker
  • Hebert, Carissa Speaker
  • Boukouvidis, Tryfon Speaker
  • Flicker, Richard Speaker
  • Bailey, Matt Speaker
  • White, Drew Speaker
  • Apcar, Len Panelist
  • DeBerry, Jarvis Panelist
  • Kovacs, Peter Panelist
  • Porter, Lance Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 23, 2018, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the public’s trust in the news media. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Ray Pingree of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; Dr. Michael Henderson of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Judi Terzotis, the president of the Advocate newspaper; and John DeSantis of the Houma Times newspaper. The audience members then discuss their news sources, whether they trust those sources, and their encounters with fake news. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Len Apcar of the LSU School of Mass Communication; Jarvis DeBerry of the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans; Peter Kovacs, the editor of the Advocate newspaper; and Dr. Lance Porter, the director of the LSU Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab. They discuss: the public’s level of trust in the news media; the history of politicians attacking the press; the impact of technology on the media; their advice for aspiring journalists; the public’s confusion in differentiating news stories and opinion columns in the age of social media; and fake news. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Mann