COLLEGE PARK (4/3/19) — Professor Dana Priest said students’ increasing interest in investigative reporting and their adeptness with technology will make them a “a great generation of journalists.”
Priest, the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, made her comments during a wide-ranging discussion about journalism at TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington this past weekend.
“If you combine the data journalism, how you can use social media to actually report, then it can be a really great,” Priest said of the next generation of journalists.
She also discussed the Mueller Report, press freedom and disinformation.
Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner at The Washington Post, is teaching a course this semester in which her students are taking a close look at how Russians meddled in the run-up in the 2016 U.S. election.
“That’s one of the things I think has gotten lost in the emphasis on looking at the White House, looking at President Trump’s actions in the campaign,” Priest said. “What were the Russians really doing here, and did it matter?
“We are doing some of that in a really narrow way, and we’re coming up with some interesting things.”
Her students are also devising a program to improve media literacy among children and adults.