Rush to Judgment: Lecture and Q&A session with documentary creator Stephen K. Oldfield

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Guest speaker Stephen K. Oldfield will lead a discussion on how to consume media and critically analyze the messages we receive.

Rush to Judgment is an examination of the documentary film of the same name. The subject is the brief encounter at the Lincoln Memorial that resulted in a viral video and social media mayhem. It brought death threats and hate directed at teenagers from Covington Catholic High School who came face-to-face with adult protesters. What can journalists and media consumers learn from this case and what does it tell us about the current divide in American politics? The virtual lecture features director Steve Oldfield and producer Ryan Anderson examining these and other important issues concerning today’s viral media mashing up with the news media.

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Director Steve Oldfield will engage the audience with a multi-media experience that includes never-before-seen interviews and footage, along with sharing expert analysis from leaders in Political Journalism. Steve will also share his motivations for creating this documentary and what he uncovered and learned along the way. Steve will create a dialogue that leaves your audience with a better understanding of the event and coverage that created a viral firestorm. The discussion will help students become better content creators and consumers, while fostering a more inclusive and less judgmental discourse online.

Steve & Ryan are award-winning documentary filmmakers and educators and are committed to helping students, consumers, journalists, and content producers learn from the encounter at the Lincoln Memorial and the social media posts and news stories that came from the viral video. Their goal is to help prevent future cases of media mayhem & hate.

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