FREDERICKTOWN — For the past 15 years, during the annual Fredericktown Tomato Festival, the Main Street Free Press Museum and the Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have combined to present a First Amendment-oriented program on a current topic in America journalism. This year the topic is: “Media Literacy. What is it? Why is it important to our democracy? How to achieve it.”
The program is set for 7:15-8:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at the First Baptist Church, 22 E. Sandusky St., one block east of the Village Square.
“The heart of media literacy is the ability of news consumers to discern the reliability of their sources. There is real fake news, for example, and there is fake fake news. How do you tell the difference, and why is that important?” said the organizers.
The public is invited to join the discussion led by panelists Kevin Z. Smith, director of the Program for Public Affairs at Ohio State University, and Moderator John C. Long, director of the Main Street Free Press Museum.
The museum, one block north of Fredericktown’s Village Square at Main and Second streets, is celebrating its 18th anniversary and will be open for tours and letterpress printing demonstrations during the Fredericktown Tomato Show. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5, 6 and 7, the museum will open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m., except it will be closed from 7 to 8:30 p.m. during the program. Saturday, Sept. 8, it will be open after the Tomato Show parade, from 2 to 10 p.m.