Media Bias Panel Discussion2017-01-10T17:35:22-05:00


Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 PM

Hosted By:

School of Communication + Journalism
Brian Schriner, Dean


Wolfe University Center, WC 100, BBC Campus

Panel Members

Fred Blevens
Fred BlevensPh. D., Professor of Journalism, Department of Journalism + Media
Fred Blevens, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Journalism and Media, is a leader in the emerging discipline of news literacy, which responds to the glut of digital information by empowering citizens with tools to critically analyze information that shape global opinion.

Dr. Blevens teaches skills and concept courses in the SCJ, an Honors College course in news literacy, and a general education course called How We Know What We Know, a humanities course in global information literacy.

During the past 25 years, he has founded or been a director or faculty member of three university-based residential workshops for Hispanic and American Indian high school students, including the Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Workshop in Journalism and New Media at the University of Miami.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Blevens was a reporter and editor at major metropolitan newspapers in Tampa, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Houston. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University and holds the Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is co-author of Twilight of Press Freedom: The Rise of People’s Journalism and is past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Southwest Education Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Alejandro Alvarado
Alejandro AlvaradoPh. D., Professor of Journalism, Department of Journalism + Media
Born in Mexico City, Dr. Alejandro Alvarado is Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication at FIU’s School of Journalism and Communication. He is the Coordinator of the Spanish-language Journalism Master’s program, formerly Chair of FIU’s Hispanic Communications Conference Series, and Director of the Telemundo Hispanic Media Futures Program.

He is Vice President of the Association for Latino Media, Markets and Communication Research.

He is a political communications consultant and has extensive experience working for public relations and advertising firms, such as Porter Novelli and Turkel Brands, as VP of Strategy and Senior Consultant, respectively. Dr. Alvarado was Consul of Mexico in Miami.

As a journalist, Dr. Alvarado’s career includes broadcast, print, and digital media, in Univision, CBS-Telenoticias, and CNet. He has written opinion articles for Spanish-language dailies in the U.S. and Mexico.

He is autor of “Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra!” Immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces. 2005, Random House Mondadori; Evolving Realities of US Hispanic Media, 2012, Florida International University; Silencio de Otoño, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari’s National Security Policy in 1993; and “Diccionario de Administración Pública, from the Nacional Association of Public Administrators in Mexico.

Dr. Alvarado holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Mexico, a Masters Degree in Inter American Studies (1996) and a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami (2003).

Aileen Izquierdo
Aileen IzquierdoM.S., Instructor of Communication + Director, Masters in Global Strategic Communication, Department of Communication
Aileen Izquierdo is an instructor and graduate director of the Global Strategic Communications master’s degree program for both the online and on-campus tracks at Florida International University.

Izquierdo is a communications professional with more than 20 years of strategic communications, branding and crisis communications experience, having held executive, management positions as vice president for communications at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University. Izquierdo was the first vice president for communications and marketing at both of these institutions. She also was the first Hispanic vice president in FAU’s history.

Izquierdo earned a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Florida International University and was named
a Heavy Hitter in Public Relations by the South Florida Business Journal. Additionally, her contributions to higher education were recognized in a recently published book, “Legacymakers: 100 Women of Distinction at Florida Atlantic University.”

Terence Shepherd
Terence ShepherdNews Director, WLRN-Miami Herald News
Terence Shepherd is news director at WLRN-Miami Herald News, the public radio news outlet serving Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. He is also Region 13 director of the Radio Television Digital News Association.

He first experienced the power of public radio in 2007 while co-creating and providing editorial direction for the WLRN-Miami Herald Friday Business Report weekly feature segment.

He is dedicated to nonprofit causes, education, networking and mentoring, and feeds these interests as Region 13 director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, immediate past president of the South Florida Black Journalists Association, and by actively participating in several other professional journalism organizations.

Before joining the station, Terence was managing editor of a financial website and previously spent 14 years editing business and financial coverage at The Miami Herald. During his tenure at The Herald, the desk won two consecutive Best in Business Awards for Overall Excellence from the SABEW, and he directed coverage leading to a national award on web pharmacies. His favorite projects at The Herald included The Business Plan Challenge, and later developing the section’s online and multiplatform identity with the weekly radio program and two weekly video shows.

Before journalism, he worked in the commodity brokerage business as a compliance and operations manager.

Terence, a native of Louisville, Ky., graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics and received an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.