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PEN Presents: Breaking the News

PEN Presents: Breaking the News
Heading into the 2020 presidential election, what is the state of press freedom in the United States? Journalists are under mounting threats, manipulation, and fakery, and have been injected into the digital information space, and communities feel misrepresented or forgotten altogether in the public conversation. Is there hope for us to survive as an informed and engaged population, with a common understanding of the truth?

PEN America and Book Expo will co-host Breaking the News: Journalism in the Time of Trump, a panel discussion with Jim Rutenberg (The New York Times), Jason Johnson (The Root), and Suzanne Nossel (PEN America).

Jason JohnsonJason Johnson is a professor, political analyst and public speaker. Johnson is the author the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, a tenured professor in the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Politics Editor at TheRoot.com.


Jim Rutenberg is a media columnist for The New York Times and a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine. Previously, Mr. Rutenberg was a chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine (2014-2016) and served as the national political correspondent for The New York Times, co-leading The Times‘ daily coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign.


Suzanne NosselSuzanne Nossel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. She is a leading voice on free expression issues in the United States and globally. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

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