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What Does Vigilance Mean Now?

A Zócalo/Cal Humanities event. Moderated by Joe Mathews, California Editor, Zócalo Public Square and Fellow, Center for Social Cohesion.

If, as Thomas Jefferson observed, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, Americans have generally left it to newspapers to pay for the rest of us. Indeed, for much of American history, newspapers held an exclusive role as democracy’s watchdog, sounding the alarm at any sign of corruption and abuse from those in power.

But the age of free news online has created a world in which there are fewer journalists than ever before, which means fewer people keeping watch. What does the death of newspapers mean for holding powerful institutions accountable? Who’s going to carry the torch?

Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis, documentary filmmaker and Reportero director Bernardo Ruiz, and investigative journalist and collaborative reporting expert Carrie Lozano visit Zócalo to discuss who will become the guardian of democracy.

Free reception immediately follows discussion.

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Location: San Diego Museum of Art 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA Google Maps

Exterior image of San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Above: Exterior image of San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.


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