The Media and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era

Hagar Hajjar Chemali, Founder and CEO, Greenwich Media Strategies; Jesse Holcomb, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center; Sarah Kendzior, Columnist, Globe and Mail; Peter Slevin, Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Moderated by Noah J. Toly.

The Media and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era

Election 2016 was a watershed moment for American politics as well as for its journalists. A host of new digital media outlets and bloggers, some set up just to chase clicks and harnessing the vast power of social media, caught the public’s attention to an unprecedented degree. But the growing influence of these sources has sparked intense debate about the veracity of news in the digital age. At a time when faith in traditional news sources and government institutions is in decline, critics charge that “fake news” and its wildfire sharing on social media is contributing to “post-truth” politics. In a congested information marketplace, how can governments and professional journalists be heard above the din?

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