It's certainly an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year. First, we had the pandemic. Then a wave of protests bringing attention to racial injustice spread across the nation. Now, we are entering one of the most volatile Presidential election seasons in recent memory.  

In an earlier time, you could pick up the daily newspaper or watch the nightly news and be confident you were getting accurate information. Today, trust in the media is at an all-time low, based on results from the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer. With a majority of survey respondents believing that "fake news" or false information is being used as a weapon, it's clear that disinformation is one of the most significant issues currently facing the communications profession. 

Join PRSA Austin for a special Ethics Month discussion about how journalists are combating "disinformation to regain mass audience trust. Our panel of respected journalists will also discuss the strategies they are using to compete with unsubstantiated digital news sources and how communications professionals can help them mitigate the spread of disinformation. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2020; 12 - 1 p.m.
WHERE: Virtual Program (Zoom - a link will be provided with registration)
COST: $10 - PRSA Members and Students$15 - Non-Members 




Meet the Panel

 Omar Gallaga, Technology and Culture Writer 


Omar L. Gallaga is a longtime technology and culture writer who has written for The Wall Street Journal, NPR's All  Tech Considered blog, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and CNN. He was a technology reporter, editor, and podcaster at the Austin American-Statesman for many years, covering the Austin technology and entertainment scene. He also helped launch the newspaper's Spanish-language newspaper ¡ahora sí!, its dot-com-era technology  section Technopolis and two podcasts, "Statesman Shots" and "I Love You So Much." A former NPR "All Things  Considered" technology correspondent, he can be heard regularly on the radio as a weekly contributor on "Texas  Standard" and on the website where he posts one-minute tech-related audio episodes. He's a  founding member of The Latino Comedy Project, an award-winning sketch-comedy troupe that has been performing in Texas for more than 20 years. He's currently a freelance writer living in New Braunfels, Texas.

Rebecca Aguilar, Freelance Reporter







Rebecca Aguilar is currently a freelance reporter, television commentator, news consultant, social media columnist, and motivational speaker. Aguilar has worked for several television stations around the country,  including KTXD-TV (Dallas) where she was a TV commentator. She has served as a reporter for 39 years (28  years in TV news). Today, she is a freelancer, currently working for three Dallas community papers and one national Latino new site. She covers everything: education, crimes, and cops, politics, immigration, etc. She also teaches broadcast news at Richland College in Dallas. And when she is not busy with that, she is also a board member with the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Paul Brown, Ph.D., Association Professor of Journalism, Austin Community College







Paul Brown is an experienced journalism professor, television news manager, and multi-media reporter/anchor.  His background is in television news including covering Texas state politics in Austin. He now teaches full-time at Austin Community College and serves as the journalism department’s curriculum lead. He also does occasional freelance work, most recently for Texas Highways Magazine. Paul teaches the following courses at Austin Community College: Critical Issues in Journalism, News Reporting, Copy Editing, and Introduction to  Mass Communications.