Soledad O’Brien

State of the media: Trust and the global free press

When IABC signed with other organizations to support the freedom of the press, we showed our deep commitment for this global value. With award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien as our opening keynote speaker, we’ll carry that commitment forward at the 2019 IABC World Conference.

Fitting with this year’s theme, “Think Forward,” we’ll look at major changes affecting the communication landscape, including the freedom of the press and its relation to the global business community. We’ll consider how changes to technology and the media are affecting our ability to stay true to the ideals of ethics, truth and transparency.

Soledad O’Brien will draw from her experiences to discuss the challenges and transformations to the global media. Even as the media is under assault (e.g., disappearance of journalists, government distrust), the world is relying on it more than ever for the voices, facts and revelations it brings forward.

Exploring the state of the media

Soledad O’Brien’s session “State of the media: Trust and the global free press” will explore questions like:

  1. What do we know about the state of the media today? What’s changed in the last few years? What is ahead and are we at a fork in the road?
  2. What are the parallels between a free economy and a free press? There’s research that says they go hand in hand.
  3. How can companies help to support the free press in a way that creates mutual trust and transparency?
  4. With political turbulence all over the world, can the global business community (e.g., activist CEOs) carve out a new and more effective partnership with the media?
  5. Can business and the media partner to be a force for good in the world? What would that look like and how can we get there?
  6. Given what we know now, what is the future of journalism? What can we expect on the horizon?

About Soledad O’Brien

Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change in your own community or organization.

As the host and executive producer of the new 13-episode true crime series Mysteries & Scandals on OXYGEN, and host of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, a weekly political magazine show syndicated across the country on hundreds of TV stations, Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. She has reported in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour and been a correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.

With eloquence and a measured ability to make often-divisive issues such as race relations, social inequality and mass incarceration accessible to all, she moves audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, outlooks and daily interactions.

On stage, Soledad draws from her life and career to stimulate thoughtful conversation on the roles we each play within our communities and organizations, leaving audiences with memorable takeaways on the power of individuals and companies to make meaningful and lasting change.

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Join an insightful session that will contextualize the communicator’s role and relation to the freedom of the press. Register today!