The media has a credibility problem. The UK’s referendum on leaving the EU, and America’s latest presidential contest have had immense impact on public perception of the news as impartial factfinders and reporters. This is reflected in the launch of a Fake News inquiry by the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee.
With the leader of the free world hurling ‘Fake News!’ at White House Correspondents to their face and on Twitter, and accusations of bias and false reporting coming from both sides of the aisle, it is time for journalists to look introspectively at what’s gone wrong.
Policy-UK is facilitating an in-depth discussion on the issue; a forum where leading journalists, innovative media directors, and communication strategists can collaboratively find an alternative to alternative facts. The event will also be attended by senior policymakers and influential academics who all have a stake in that vibrant free press we still call a national institution.
This follows a successful forum last year on the economics of news media, where Jon Snow gave an address alongside senior figures from Google and Twitter, and the editors of Radio 4’s Today Show and The Independent.