League of Women Voters to explore media trustworthiness

The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County welcome the public to their Wednesday noon luncheon meeting at the White Inn in Fredonia, which will center on truth in the media as it concerns politics and political news. Their guest speaker is SUNY Fredonia video production professor Mark Kiyak, who will give a presentation on truth in the media. Questions will be raised and discussed, such as: From where do the newspapers, television stations, and radio programs get their facts? Do they have truth policies? Are they checked for accuracy? Are they leaning toward one political party or candidate? Do their stories promote sensationalism?

Kiyak earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in film production. He went on to work in broadcasting , beginning his career at WLRN, a Miami public broadcasting station. He then worked at NBC in New York City for more than 20 years, winning two Emmy Awards for his work during the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Ga., and the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. He went back to the University of Miami to get his master’s degree in fine arts. After teaching at Valdosta State University, he came to SUNY Fredonia to join its video production faculty. His research interests revolve around his fascination with the psychology and ecology of media systems and the media reform movement.

The menu for the luncheon includes each guest’s preordered choice of sliced roast sirloin on toasted weck, fresh fish fillet stuffed with crab meat dressing, fresh chicken salad with grapes and almonds, or eggplant sandwich with fresh mozzarella and tomato. The cost for each guest, including tax and gratuity, is $15. There will be an additional charge of $2.50 for coffee with refills. Reservations for this event are due by Sunday. Call Genevieve Ludemann at 672-4771.