Key Points
  • Defining and Understanding the Fake News Phenomena
  • The Role of Social Media Platforms in Proliferating Fake News
  • Advertising, Paywalls, and the New Economics of News
  • Who Checks the Fact-Checkers?
Guest of Honour

Jonathan Heawood Chief Executive, IMPRESS

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Overview
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.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Welcome Remarks

 
Chair to be announced.

09:05 - 09:50
The New Media Moguls - The Role of Social Media Platforms in Creating, Editing, and Regulating Information

 
  • As the number of people getting their news from social media sites increases, what are the consequences for traditional news sources? 
  • Are social media barons the new editors? 
  • Does Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other platforms have the responsibility to regulate, approve, or censor the content that is spread online?
Other panelists to be announced.

09:50 - 10:25
Regulating for the Public Interest

 

Speakers

Jonathan Heawood Chief Executive, IMPRESS

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10:25 - 11:20
A Changing Business Model - Advertising, Paywalls, and the New Economics of News

 
  • Is there a line of causation between the fall in print media sales, and the rise in fake news and bad journalistic standards? 
  • Does a business model reliant on online advertising revenue lead to editorial decisions favouring clickbait headlines whilst forsaking neutral reporting? Or has this always been a problem, and we are now merely seeing its manifestation online in more obvious ways?
Panellists to be announced.


11:20 - 11:25
Chair's Closing Remarks

 
Chair to be announced.

11:25 - 11:45
Refreshments and Networking Break

 

11:45 - 11:50
Chair's Welcome Back

 
Chair to be announced. 

11:50 - 12:15
WikiTribune: Evidence-based Journalism - A Case Study

 

Speakers

Orit Kopel Co-Founder, WikiTribune

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12:15 - 12:55
Regaining Public Trust

 
Panellists to be announced. 

Speakers

Liz Corbin Editor, BBC Reality Check

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair and Policy-UK's Concluding Remarks

 
Chair to announced.
End

Speakers

Anna Bassi Editor, The Week Junior

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Liz Corbin Editor, BBC Reality Check

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Jonathan Heawood Chief Executive, IMPRESS

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Orit Kopel Co-Founder, WikiTribune

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Venue details

Central London


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