COLLEGE PARK (10/26/18) — A University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty member was a key contributor to a two-part documentary about Facebook that will air on PBS next week.
Dana Priest, the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at Merrill College, spent six months reporting for “The Facebook Dilemma,” which airs Monday and Tuesday on “Frontline.” PBS published a short trailer this week.
“The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world,” a description on Frontline’s website says. “But from the company’s failure to protect millions of users’ data, to the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and disinformation, mounting crises have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful?”
The Wall Street Journal published a strong review on Thursday.
“The overarching theme of ‘The Facebook Dilemma’ — an aggressive, indignant, illuminating two-nighter presented by ‘Frontline’ — is the blissfully amoral way a social-media site has morphed into a sociopolitical evil,” the review says.
Priest is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
This semester, she’s teaching two courses on press freedom and disinformation: Press Freedom and Fake News: A Global Battle for Political Power and National Security and Press Freedom Reporting.