Hampton University, American Press Institute hold free workshop on politics and truth

Update Feb. 17, 2016: Lunch reservations are full. To attend the sessions only, please register here. 

“Get Your Facts Straight: Addressing Shady Politics,” a conference on politics, truth and accountability reporting, will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication in Hampton, Va.


Co-sponsored by the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society of Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and the American Press Institute, the event will demonstrate tools including the Political TV Ad Archive designed to help journalists and others monitor the 2016 elections.

Other sessions will feature Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and Jeff Reece, senior editor at the Virginian-Pilot, who will discuss recent changes to Freedom of Information regulations.

A session covering the hottest social issues in the upcoming elections will be led by Idonia K. Barrett and Robert Watson, assistant professors at Hampton University; Bill Thomas, professor of government relations at Hampton; Stephanie Arnold of The Virginian-Pilot; Peter Dujardin of the Daily Press; and Lisa Godley of WHRO-FM.


The conference, supported by a grant from the Democracy Fund,  will be held from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the university’s Scripps Auditorium, 546 E. Queen Street, Hampton, Va. 23668.

There is no charge, but registration is required. Local journalists, students, faculty members of community organizations are welcome. Free (but limited) parking is available in Lot 21 across from the auditorium.



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