September 2021

TRUTH DECAY: How to Spot - and Stop - Nonsense Online

Wednesday, Sept. 29
8:15-9:30 a.m.



Join us at the end of September for this can't-miss event featuring veteran journalist,  edcuator and truth-talker, Starshine Roshell. 


Having a publishing platform in our pockets has put the world miraculously at our fingertips – but it’s also allowed manipulative parties to spread lies that impact society, and even threaten our lives.


Whether it’s the “Disinformation Dozen” planting fake narratives, conspiracy theorists colluding against a perceived enemy, or well-meaning citizens sharing misleading memes, the deluge of online info makes it all too easy to disseminate falsehoods that can topple businesses, spread pandemics, and undermine democracy. We'll examine how we got here, why it matters and the small-but-powerful things we can — and must— all do to help.



Starshine Roshell is an award-winning journalist who has written for dozens of publications from The Hollywood Reporter to the New York Post. After resigning in protest from the Santa Barbara News-Press with dozens of colleagues over the owner’s breach of journalistic ethics, she was voted Best Columnist for 11 years by Santa Barbara Independent readers, and received the Association for Women in Communication’s national Headliner Award in 2019. Starshine has California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for both column-writing and business/financial reporting, and has interviewed countless celebrities from Tom Hanks and George Clooney to Ellen DeGeneres and Gloria Steinem.


A writing instructor and course producer for LinkedIn Learning, she has taught journalism at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College, and managed communications for Fielding Graduate University. Her most recent book of columns is Lather, Rage, Repeat: Frank Talk on Night Sweats, Day Drinking & Twitler.


Following the shocking events at our nation’s Capitol on January 6, she took a course on media literacy through ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, volunteered with the News Literacy Project’s Newsroom-to-Classroom program and helped produce the online course Spotting Misinformation Online.


2021 Events

Due to the fluide state of affairs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to remain remote for the time being. Our September event will be held via Zoom and we are exploring the possibility of gathering in-person later this fall.


We appreciate your continued support of our chapter and your patience throughout this year. We hope you will continue to join us for our virtual events this fall. 




UPDATE: June 25, 2021
As California begins to reopen, PRSA CA Gold Coast looks forward to a return to in-person events later this year. As details are finalized, we will share more about the events we have planned and how you can safely attend our chapter meetings and annual member social.


We thank you for your support of our chapter through virtual meeting attendance and digital engagement over the past year. 




Jan. 2021

Due to local public health orders, in-person gatherings are still prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide programming, including monthly chapter meetings and our quarterly Casual Connections networking event, in a virtual environment. Please continue to check back for upcoming events and registration details.


We look forward to seeing you this year!

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