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Ethics of Fake News: A Panel Discussion
Thu, 9 March 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
The Ethics, Society, and Law Students’ Association in collaboration with the Centre for Ethics is hosting an academic panel discussion on the Ethics of Fake News. We are living in what is repeatedly referred to as the post-truth era, witnessing a loss of trust in traditional media outlets, and social media accelerating the circulation of false, unverified, and exaggerated information. The term Fake News itself has become deeply controversial as its use has devolved from a critique on the proliferation of false stories and conspiracy theories, to an attack on the legitimacy of political opposition. The term has also been criticized for its popularization as a subject wrought with panic in media, yet the true extent of the pervasiveness of the problem remains contentious. This discussion will center around the ethical obligations for both producers and consumers of journalism, in realizing that inflammatory distortions of the truth are not a partisan issue, but a threat to the very function of a free, open, and critical press.
Kathy English, the current public editor of the Toronto Star, and a member of the Canadian Journalism Association Ethics Panel and the executive committee of the Canadian Journalism foundation brings a unique perspective through her direct experience of upholding and enforcing journalistic ethics and responsibility.
Jeffrey Dvorkin, lecturer and director of the Journalism Program at UTSC, and also a board member of the Canadian Journalism foundation, is a frequent commentator on ethics of media in the digital age and the future of the journalism industry.