Scott McIntosh

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This week, I will be part of panel speaking at The College of Idaho to talk about the future of media.

The College of Idaho is hosting “Mediated Lives: The Future of Media in American Society” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the Shannon Lounge of the Kathryn Albertson International Center on the C of I’s campus.

I will be on the panel with KIVI-TV Channel 6 news anchor Michelle Edmonds, Boise State Public Radio host Samantha Wright, C of I journalism professor and department chair Alan Minskoff and former KIVI-TV journalist/anchor and current C of I marketing and communications director Joe Hughes.

According to The College of Idaho, we will “examine the changing landscape of the 21st century media in the wake of ‘fake news,’ social media influence and anti-media attitudes.”

Personally, and I’ve been in the newspaper business for 24 years, I see the pendulum swinging back again to the so-called “legacy” media, trustworthy sources of news and information. The flurry of social media “news” sharing and the advent of fake news (real fake news, such as “Pope endorses Trump for president,” not just unfavorable news coverage) is driving people back to traditional news sources, like newspapers, that have ethical and professional standards, that correct errors in reporting and that seek the truth and simply the truth.

Wednesday’s event will be moderated by Paul Bennion, C of I vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and David Douglass, C of I vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

The college held two previous forums this school year on immigration and gun rights, and according to the college, the positive reception of the previous forums and suggestions for future events led to the idea to hold a forum on the media.

The panel is free to attend.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

The night before, on Tuesday, May 1, I will be taking part in another panel, this time as moderator on a very different topic.

The Youth Mental Health Community Conversation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Nampa High School Little Theater. The panelists will be local doctors, a local state senator, a social worker, representatives from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Nampa Police Department and Shannon Decker from the Speedy Foundation.

You may recall a guest opinion a couple of weeks ago from Nampa schools superintendent Paula Kellerer, who wrote eloquently about safety nets and support systems. I knew I wanted to be part of this effort, and I am honored that I was asked to moderate this important panel.

This conversation, too, will be free to the public, and I invite all of you to come and participate. As a father of two teen boys, I am looking forward to learning more about this and how we, as a community, can talk about suicide and youth mental health.

I’d love to see you at both of these events this week.

Scott McIntosh is the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. Call 208-465-8110 or email smcintosh@idahopress.com.

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