Media Literacy: Making Sense of It All

Friday, February 21, 2020 10:10 AM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Dan Boylan
Dan Boylan worked on his first political campaign at the age of 11. By 18, he'd witnessed the protests in Tiananmen Square. His interest in documenting the world led to a journalism career covering state legislatures in Massachusetts and North Carolina, national security in Washington, and great-power politics as a foreign correspondent in Asia. After a Fulbright Fellowship studying free press in Indonesia, Dan taught journalism in Shanghai and Azerbaijan. Following 9/11, he served as a communications advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. State Department and multiple foreign governments. Postings included Afghanistan and Iraq, where he directed the Multi-National Forces Iraq Media Operations Center in Baghdad during the final days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the trial of Saddam Hussein. After the Arab Spring, Dan led efforts to support the Syrian opposition’s strategic communications fight against Bashar al-Assad and ISIS. Today, from his base on Capitol Hill, Dan lectures on investigative journalism, political polarization, global strategic communications, media history, and street art. Dan was recently recognized for his reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and a Society for Professional Journalists award. As a filmmaker, his work was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and he has also been on radio and TV stations including National Public Radio, the BBC and C-Span. He advises governments, militaries, NGOs, and corporations around the world
Pierre Guerlain
Pierre Guerlain is Professor emeritus of American Studies at Université Paris-Nanterre, France. His fields of research are US foreign policy, US politics and social movements, Discourse Analysis, and Intercultural Studies. Professor Guerlain has done a lot of work on “anti-Americanism” and the image of the US abroad. He has also published a number of articles on social and political movements in the US. Professor Guerlain’s book about the mutual perceptions of the Americans and the French is titled Miroirs transatlantiques: la France et les Etats-Unis entre passions et indifférences. It was published by L’Harmattan in 1996.
François Savatier
François Savatier is a science journalist. A former researcher in physics, he focuses today on the sciences of the past, including archaeology, prehistory, paleoanthropology and geology, as an editor at Pour la Science, the French edition of Scientific America.
Mary Shedden
Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of broadcast and digital journalists covering 13 counties on Florida's west coast. For more than two decades, Shedden worked as a journalist at several Florida newspapers, reporting on health, business and education. She's been at WUSF since 2013, where she previously served as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. Her journalism has been recognized by numerous times, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award. Her work also has been honored by groups including the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists in Florida and the Southeastern region.