Facts vs. 'fake news': Event to explore journalism at critical time

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Facts vs. ‘fake news’: Event to explore journalism at critical time

Media and Politics
Clint Chapman | University Communication

How can journalists in today’s political climate effectively cover the news while remaining transparent and unbiased? What can news organizations do to remain watchful over the Trump administration while combating “fake news?” What is “fake news,” and how can journalists guide audiences to make educated, informed decisions about the news they consume?

Journalists from national media outlets the Huffington Post, ABC News and POLITICO will join researchers, educators and others during a Nov. 10 daylong discussion designed to address these questions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The event, “Media and Politics: President Trump and Journalism,” is hosted by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Andersen Hall Auditorium, 200 Centennial Mall North. Sessions are free and open to the public.

“It’s incredibly important for a journalism program to be involved in tackling issues pertaining to the media and democracy,” said Maria Marron, dean of the journalism college and originator of the Media and Politics series. “We are teaching future journalists how to report the news accurately and truthfully. We are at a critical juncture in civic life where varying agendas are battling to distort fact and truth. The intersection of journalism and politics has never been more important. That is why this conference is critically important to the college and to the public at large.”

Speakers include Lloyd Ambrosius, emeritus professor of history at Nebraska; Gus Hurwitz, assistant professor and co-director of the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program in the Nebraska College of Law; Emily Ingram, lead product manager at Chartbeat and former senior product manager at HuffPost; keynote speaker Rick Klein, political director at ABC News; Debashis Aikat, associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Lyle Denniston, former Supreme Court reporter at SCOTUSblog; and Daniel Lippman, reporter at POLITICO.

For more information, including a schedule, click here.

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