I’m very excited about an event we’re organizing next month. “Media Literacy in 2018” is planned at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the Decatur Public Library. 

The idea for this grew out of a conversation about so-called “fake news,” a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. I thought it would be interesting to bring together a group of communication professions to talk about the business of media, as well as what’s happening with news habits. It’s a new frontier in which journalists and those consuming what we’re producing can learn plenty from one another.

I’ll be moderating the talk with:

• Cindy Fuller, library director at Millikin University;

• Alissa Henkel, head of adult services at Decatur Public Library;

• Rick Meyer, city librarian of the Decatur Public Library;

• Scott Lambert, assistant professor of English at Millikin University; and 

• Jarmese Sherrod, mass media professor at Richland Community College.

We’re also lining up one more panelist from the media to take part. This also will be a good chance to hear about the journalism process and how we present the news.

If you have a question I should ask, I’m at (217) 421-8905 or ccoates@herald-review.com.

Speaking of events, the Herald & Review also is holding a reader meet-up later this month. General Manager Joel Fletcher and marketing services manager Jonell Kehias will join staff to talk about our products and what's in store. 

It's from noon to 1 p.m.  Feb. 21 at Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 256 W. Main St. in Decatur. 

I’m also excited to tell you about an honor for Jaylyn Cook, a public safety and breaking news reporter for the Herald & Review, who has been named a 2018 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim/Quattrone Investigative Fellow.

He is one of 33 journalists from across America selected to attend the 13th annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America. The event later this month at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City brings together lawmakers, policymakers, scholars and journalists to talk about emerging criminal justice issues.

This is an honor for Jaylyn and the Herald & Review.

Congrats, Jaylyn!

And thanks for reading.

Chris Coates is executive editor of the Herald & Review and herald-review.com.

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