Lisa Goldman

Title: How to read the news critically

Bio:

Lisa Goldman is a journalist and policy analyst who worked in the Middle East for over a decade. During that period she covered major events ranging from the Second Intifada in 2001, the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and the Egyptian uprising of 2011. She is a co-founder and contributing editor of +972 Magazine, an award-wining progressive digital publication based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

In addition to her expertise on Israel-Palestine, Lisa is a widely cited analyst on the use of social and digital media platforms as a tool for newsgathering and reporting.

Her byline has appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Corriere Della Sera, the New York Times, the Forward, Haaretz, the Globe and Mail, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is also a frequent guest on broadcast news media, commenting on events in Israel-Palestine for CNN International, the Charlie Rose Show, the BBC and Aljazeera English.

Born and raised in Vancouver, she spent most of her life in the Middle East and New York, where she attended university and was foreign news editor at several digital publications. She relocated to Montreal in 2017.  


Abstract:

The proliferation of news and information sources churning out stories 24/7 in real time can often feel like an assault on our perceptions, with editors vying for readers' attention with lurid headlines that often appeal to emotions rather than intellect. Recent revelations about how Facebook manipulates our perceptions by appealing to our biases have led to palpable anxiety about information bubbles and their pernicious effect on democracy. We are starting to realize that the proliferation of information has not produced better-informed people, but perhaps the opposite. How can we become more informed and critical news consumers, and why is this an crucial life skill?  In my presentation I will compare and analyze media coverage of events that I witnessed first hand as a reporter in the Middle East.