Fake News and the Death (and Rebirth?) of Journalism [VIRTUAL]
Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.–8:45 p.m.Free
Critics argue that social media platforms like Facebook have helped to destroy objective, high-quality journalism in a flood of “fake news.” But journalism’s current decline can be traced to well before the advent of social media. Profit-focused corporate ownership, cuts to newsrooms and a disengagement between politicians and publics have been gradually degrading news coverage for decades. Now, the same digital revolution that brought us Facebook has introduced new possibilities for quality journalism, in an old form (public broadcasting) and a new one (independent digital public service media).
Graham Cook has been teaching Sociology at Capilano University since 2002. He teaches courses on the media, social inequality and social theory, among other topics. His PhD research looked at CBC radio journalism and his current research investigates what democratic publics might look like in an age of digital media.
For this virtual program, we’ll be using Zoom. We will email you the Zoom link 24 hours in advance of the program.
What you’ll need: A computer with speakers (or headphones) or your smartphone or tablet.