Miami Dade College recently took part in the first meeting of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, a yearlong initiative established by The Aspen Institute in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that aims to strengthen the public’s trust in media and support the role that a free press plays in democracy. The commission brought together a nonpartisan panel of 24 leaders from diverse backgrounds, including New York Public Library President Tony Marx, CNN Digital Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. The panel explored the upsurge in fake news, the current state of the public’s dwindling trust in the government and how that distrust has affected the role of the press. “By offering access to information that can support any position and confirm any bias, the internet has eroded trust in everyday facts we once shared,” said Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen. “This initiative aims to help society address this challenge.” With more than $2.5 million in funding, the initiative will create seven projects focused on improving trust in the press through fact-checking and accuracy. One of those projects is a partnership with The Associated Press, which will receive $245,000 to support its fact-checking efforts. – RS
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