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Fake News – Defining Journalism in a Post-Truth Era (FREE Partner event)
May 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fake news is not a new phenomenon. But, the era of web-generated fake news has seriously challenged journalistic norms. A panel of renowned journalists will discuss what this proliferation of misinformation means for the news industry including:
- How publications and reporters can maintain credibility in a post-truth era.
- How attacks on the free press have increased the pressure on traditional news outlets to defend themselves and find new ways to reach their target audiences.
- Whether facts still matter and the incentives for spreading misinformation, disinformation, lies, fantasies and propaganda.
- The ability of tech companies and news sites to contain this flood of inaccuracy without bias or censorship.
- The challenges and opportunities this era of distrust creates for credible news outlets and reporters.
Lylah M. Alphonse – Managing editor of news for U.S. News & World Report
Laura Hazard Owen – Deputy editor for Nieman Journalism Lab and Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
Evan Horowitz – Policy writer and columnist of the “Quick Study” column for Boston Globe
Dan Kennedy – Associate professor at Northeastern University and nationally known media commentator who writes for WGBHNews.org, the Nieman Journalism Lab and other publications
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Drinks & hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A