Patricia J. Smith Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University
Patricia J. Smith is the dean’s administrator in the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University and A&M College, serving since 2013.
She received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a doctoral candidate in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.
Her research in mass communication focuses on capital-city newspaper coverage of state economic development policy. In 2014 she completed the Leadership North program on local economic development and tourism.
She previously served as the interim operations manager for the public policy research lab at LSU where she oversaw a team of interviewers gathering health data for the State of Louisiana Health and Human Services Division and the Centers for Disease Control.
Her many awards include a travel grant from the Duke Initiative on Survey Research and the Cotton Memorial Fellowship for outstanding scholarship in the field of communication.
Patricia is a divorcee with one daughter Waverly, a freshman at Zachary High School, who hopes to become a small-animal veterinarian.
How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.
So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.