Journalism

Guest host Jenna Spinelle and Knight Foundation president and CEO, Alberto Ibargüen.
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Journalism and the free press are essential to a healthy democracy, but trust in media organizations is lower than at any time in recent history. The Knight Foundation’s Trust, Media, and Democracy initiative aims to understand why this is happening and what can be done restore that trust.

Alberto Ibargüen is the president and CEO of the Knight Foundation and joined us for a conversation on the role of the free press in a democracy and the future of journalism.

Abdalaziz “Aziz” Alhamza is the co-founder and spokesperson for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of civilian journalists who worked to expose the crimes of ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.

We talked with Aziz about how life in Raqqa changed when ISIS came to power, why he continued this work despite increasing danger and what life is like in Raqqa today.