Major conference to discuss Journalism in a “Post-Truth” Age

7 September 2017

A woman holds a red bag with journalism studies written on it.
The Sir Martin Evans building will host this year's conference.

This month's Future of Journalism conference, hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), will focus on the topic 'Journalism in a Post-Truth Age'.

It will take place next week on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017.

Over the two days, the School will welcome two hundred leading journalism scholars and practitioners from around the world to present their latest research findings across a range of subjects, including “fake news”, fact-checking, social media, election coverage, citizen journalism, crisis reporting, data journalism, global media and digital strategies.

Due to this year's level of interest only delegates who have had their abstract accepted for the conference will be able to attend.

The conference will feature four distinguished keynote speakers. On day one Professor Silvio Waisbord of George Washington University and Claire Wardle of First Draft will open proceedings, followed later in the day by Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. Professor Linda Steiner of the University of Maryland will deliver the conference's closing plenary.

Professor Stuart Allan, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, said: "In the aftermath of events such as the UK’s European Union membership referendum and the election of Donald Trump, the challenges for journalism demand urgent attention.

“The threat posed by “fake news” throws into sharp relief the importance of rethinking how best to ensure adequate scrutiny, transparency and accountability for news reporting in what some are calling a “post-factual” era.

"We look forward to providing an exciting forum for lively discussion and debate from an outstanding array of international scholars and practitioners."

A selection of the papers will be published in special issues of three peer-reviewed journals, namely Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice, and Journalism Studies, respectively.

The conference will take place at the Sir Martin Evans building on the Cardiff University campus and is sponsored by Routledge, Taylor and Francis and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Please consult the School’s Future of Journalism website for further information or alternatively contact FofJ2017@cardiff.ac.uk

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