Mon, Jun 19|
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Searchlight New Mexico & Collected Works Bookstore Present: Truth-Telling in an Age of Misinformation
In the first of 3 collaborative events in 2023 between CWB & Searchlight NM, Sara Solovitch, editor of Searchlight, & Rick Rodriguez, professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, will discuss the ethical minefields facing journalists today
Date, Time & Location
Jun 19, 6:00 PM MDT
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
About the Event
This will be an in-store presentation and will be live-streamed to Zoom.
Collected Works Bookstore and Searchlight New Mexico are thrilled to engage in a community collaboration to bring important and relevant conversation to our city. Over the course of 2023, in three conversations, Searchlight New Mexico will highlight journalists' stories related to current newsworthy subject matter. Save the dates: June 19, September 11, and November 13.
In a far-ranging conversation with Sara Solovitch, the editor of Searchlight New Mexico, Rick Rodriquez will discuss the State of Journalism in the 21st Century.
How do reporters remain focused on the central goals of truth-telling with fairness and accuracy in the face of so much disinformation and so many false facts floating around the internet and social media? This is particularly true when dealing with hot button issues like immigration — which has been and will continue to be a huge part of this nation's political debate. Yet it is far more complex than keeping people out of the country with fences or letting them in on asylum claims. The two editors will also talk about the changing news industry and the changing audience; immigration challenges not only on our southern border but around the world; and the business and political pressures facing the news industry, which remains a key to democracy.
Rick recommends these books that relate to the conversation he and Sara will be engaged in. You can purchase them online at CW by clicking each title below.
The Devil's Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea, $17.99
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness, Alfredo Corchado, $19.00
Solito: A Memoir, by Javier Zamora
Collison of Power: Trump, Bezos and the Washington Post, by Martin Baron (coming October 2023)
About the Conversationalists
As editor of the Sacramento Bee, Rick Rodriguez was widely known as one of the country’s highest-ranking Latino newspaper executives and a leading voice for diversity in the newsroom. He is currently a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where he teaches about media ethics and immigration. He regularly leads Cronkite students on reporting trips throughout Central and South America, and during those trips he has found that many of the issues happening on the U.S.-Mexico border — including the erection of walls and military buildups — are playing out on borders across the world.
Sara Solovitch is the editor of Searchlight New Mexico. Her investigative and long-form stories have appeared in Esquire, Wired, Politico, and the Washington Post. As a staff reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she covered education, courts and special projects. A former health columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Sara also has traveled throughout New Mexico and Alaska while reporting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health care in under-served areas. Her book "Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright" was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
Searchlight New Mexico is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting.