2017 Spring Forum: "Making News or Faking News? Ethical Journalism in a Post-Truth Era"

Featuring Joshua Gillin, staff writer, PolitiFact and the Tampa Bay Times

Who defines which news is “fake”? How do ethical principles help the media detect and combat fake news?  How can the public recognize fake news? Do social media contribute to the problem?  Should the government have a role in “calling out” fake news? Do we need a “Ministry of Truth?” Can democracy survive fake news?

Featured speaker:

Joshua Gillin, staff writer for PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Tampa Bay Times, will be the principal speaker. His current assignment is to debunk fake news items and examine how they are spread online. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and has written about media news for The Poynter Institute.  He has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. His journalism degree is from the University of Nebraska.

Moderator: Professor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor and Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.

Scheduled panelists include: 

  • Leila Brammer, Professor and Chair in Communications Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Sarah Bauer Jackson, program director, Minnesota Newspaper Association and former executive director, Minnesota News Council
  • Brian Lambert, MinnPost
  • Ricardo Lopez, political reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune

For more about this event, click on the following links:
Video of the 2017 Spring Forum
Silha Bulletin story following the 2017 Spring Forum

Event Location

Murphy Hall Room 130

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