In the American political system, the unofficial fourth branch of government refers to a group that influences the other three branches of the US federal government defined in the American Constitution (Legislative, Executive and Judicial). Maybe the most important of this group, besides the American people themselves, is the press, or the Fourth Estate.

On August 16, 2018, an estimated 200 newspapers across the country devoted editorial space on a joint appeal for President Donald Trump to cease and desist with his attacks on the news media. By labeling journalists as “the enemy of the people,” Trump has turned reporters into potential targets and degrades the importance of the truth.

The Fourth Estate: Enemy of the Trump Administration will give workshop attendees a chance to hear from local reporters from St. Louis Public Radio, the Riverfront Times, and the St. Louis American, to hear what it’s like reporting in the age of “fake news,” and why American journalism is needed more than ever, from reporters that cover politics, policing, protests and beyond. When journalists stop doing their job, ignorance, dictatorship, corruption and abuse will continue to spread across our country.

Presenters: Alison Dreith, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, Rachel Lippmann, reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, Danny Wicentowski, staff writer at Riverfront Times, and Rebecca Rivas, staff reporter and video editor at the St. Louis American