National Press Club

Before the March for Our Lives: Watch a documentary, hear from expert panel, March 22

March 21, 2018 | By Emily Wilkins |

In the wake of almost every recent American mass shooting, from Sandy Hook to Parkland, online-conspiracy movements have relentlessly targeted survivors and the families of victims. A documentary and panel at the National Press Club plans to explore causes and possible solutions on Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The event is scheduled to take place less than 48 hours before the March for Our Lives, organized by students from Parkland, Florida.

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase here. Press interested in covering the event should contact Allegra Harpootlian at

The panel is expected to feature Stoneman Douglas High School student Suzanna Barna, Andy Parker, father of the late Virginia news anchor Allison Parker, The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser, and Newsy’s Liz Wahl, all of whom have been targeted by conspiracy movements. The panel is scheduled to be moderated by National Public Radio Health Policy Correspondent and Club Vice President Alison Kodjak.

The night is slated to begin with a screening of Newsy's 22-minute documentary report, "Truthers,” which explores these conspiracy movements and spotlights a pattern of online harassment that has real-world consequences.