NET’s “An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction” Explores News Media and Society

News Release Date: 
October 8, 2019

For Immediate Release

NET’s “An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction” Explores News Media and Society

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 8, 2019) – What role should the news media play in our democracy, and what are the obligations of citizens and journalists in today’s news media environment? These are just two of a series of complex questions that were part of community conversations in Nebraska.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, curated the public discussions into the hour-long television special “An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction,” premiering at 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday Oct. 22 on NET.

This NET special features engaging exchanges as Nebraskans and award-winning journalists discuss issues such as identifying biased or inaccurate news, and what the future holds for the circulation and consumption of news.

The discussions were part of Humanities Nebraska-sponsored community forums in Kearney, Lincoln and Norfolk last fall. NPR’s Sarah McCammon (formerly of NET) served as both a panelist and moderator and NET’s Bill Kelly moderated a forum.

Other journalists on the panels represented a variety of perspectives on the position of the news media in our society, and included local and regional voices as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. 

“An Issue of Trust” repeats at 10 a.m. CT, Thursday, Oct. 24 on NET World; at 8:30 p.m. CT, Thursday, Oct. 24 on NET; and at 7 p.m. CT, Sunday, Oct. 27 on NET World. To stream the forum in its entirety, visit

This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit