Democracy @ Risk: Real or Fake?

Real News, Fake News, Freedom of the Press

WHAT: A Nonpartisan Panel  Discussion and Community Dialogue
WHERE: Kerby Belt Building (RCC Illinois Valley Learning Center)
24353 Redwood Hwy; Kerby OR
WHEN: Sunday April 8, 2018, 3-5PM
COST: Free (donations appreciated)

An informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy. But how do we figure out what information is truthful and which news sources are reliable?

Join us as an outstanding group of media representatives and educators from throughout Southern Oregon address these questions and more:

  • How do news outlets verify their stories?
  • How can we tell the difference between real news and fiction?
  • Where does news leave off and propaganda begin?
  • A free press: why is it important for safeguarding democratic institutions?
  • When, where, and how has freedom of the press been attached or curtailed? What happened?

Following the panel, enjoy refreshments and smaller discussions where you can exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow community members.


  • Geoffrey Riley, JPR News Director/Host of The Jefferson Exchange
  • Scott Stoddard, Editor, Grants Pass Daily Courier
  • Niki Theis-Coulter, RCC History Professor
  • Mike Zacchino, Digital Content Manager, KDRV TV; Digital Content Producer, The Oregonian newspaper
  • Dan Mancuso, Owner/Editor, Illinois Valley News
  • Michelle Binker, former editor of the Illinois Valley News, the Illinois Valley Daily View and The Valley Times

For more information, call 541-761-4746

In Grants Pass and want to car pool?? A group will be meeting at 2:00 PM in the Albertson’s parking lot at the end past Mc Donalds. Fill out the form below and let us know you will be wanting to car pool.