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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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‘The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!’ Corporate news is consumed with covering the Trump/Russia affair, but it pales in comparison to the real threats in people’s lives--climate change, underemployment, poverty, lack of health care, lack of clean water--just to name a few. How should independent news cover the most pressing issues of our times without speaking into their own silos? In the age of Trump, is the future of independent media at risk? Join us for an open discussion and an opportunity for feedback with The Real News hosts and featured guests.


Paul Jay is a journalist, award-winning filmmaker, and founder and senior editor of The Real News Network, an independent, fact-based, online news and current affairs network. In 2013 under Paul’s leadership The Real News relocated its headquarters to Baltimore and created the Baltimore Bureau, and... Read more
Co-founder, The Democracy Collaborative and Co-Chair, The Next System ProjectGar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. For fifteen years, he was the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University... Read more
Dr. Gerald Horne is an African-American historian who currently holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History an African Studies at the University of Houston. He writes about topics he perceives as misrepresented struggles for justice, in particular communist struggles and struggles... Read more
Ben Norton writes extensively on Yemen and Syria, for AlterNet, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) The Grayzone Project, founded by Max Blumenthal, and is a producer and reporter at the Real News Network . He has appeared as an analyst and commentator on numerous media outlets, including... Read more
Gregory Wilpert is a host and senior producer for The Real News Network. From 2000 to 2008 he lived in Venezuela, where he taught at the Central University of Venezuela. He then worked as a freelance journalist, writing on Venezuelan politics for a wide range of publications. Gregory also... Read more
Aaron Maté is a host and producer for The Real News Network (TRNN). Prior to TRNN, Aaron worked for Democracy Now! and as a researcher for the author and journalist Naomi Klein. Through his work as a journalist and activist, he has visited the Occupied Territories, Haiti, and South Africa. Aaron’s... Read more