Established in 2012, the Gershowitz Conference is a living memorial to Dr. Michael Gershowitz, a learned scholar and eminent practitioner, who had initiated the forum. The Center for Media & Peace Initiatives (CMPI) continues to collaborate with the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark to organize the Gershowitz Conference on Media and Democratic Governance, focusing on the intersection of press, people, peace, and public policy. The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and the Commonwealth Africa Initiative serve as the Gershowitz Conference's strategic partners.
It is a central challenge to communicate to the public what can be done to protect oneself against COVID-19 and the facts surrounding the pandemic. Accurate information saves lives. In times of crises, news media, data journalism, fact checking, and investigative reporting shed light, whereas disinformation spreads fear and misguided decisions. While seeking to counter the spread of disinformation in what has been defined as the first “disinfodemic,” journalists, policymakers, and the general public must devise measures to adapt in a fragmented media ecosystem. The 8th Annual Gershowitz Conference on Media and Democratic Governance explores different concepts, countries, and collaborations to navigate the storm in a sea of massive disinformation.