RENO — The Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno will observe Constitution Day with the annual Cole C. Campbell Dialogue on Journalism and Democracy at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Wells Fargo Auditorium on the university campus.
The event, “Digitizing Pinocchio: Determining the Truth in a Democratic Online Society,” will feature Toma Bedolla, founder and CEO of Veracious Entropy, and Michael Fancher, Reynolds visiting chair in the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism.
The forum is free and open to the public. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed. Constitution Day will be observed nationally today.
A graduate in physics from the Colorado School of Mines, Bedolla is pioneering an effort to measure the veracity of content and credibility of sources on the Internet. Bedolla also co-founded the House of Genius, which develops networking meetings that help entrepreneurs brainstorm business strategies.
Fancher, who joined the Reynolds School in August, will explore the origins of Bedolla’s ambitious project, public expectation of truth in electronic media, and how democracy may be positively or negatively influenced by Internet sources and material.
On Sept. 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting to sign the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate that day, a federal law directs public schools and universities to sponsor educational programs about the United States Constitution.
For more information, visit www.extendedstudies.unr.edu/constitutionday.html or call Zanny Marsh at 784-4783.