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Lies, Damned Lies, and Hysterics - Journalism in a ‘post-truth’, post-Trump...
Sat 27 May 2017, 16:30 – 17:30 BST
Lies, Damned Lies, and Hysterics: Journalism in a ‘post-truth’, post-Trump world – with a distinguished panel including the author of the most famous book on journalism, a philosophy professor with a book about truth, and a TV writer and author who has lifted the lid on phone-hacking.
Is fake news just another moral panic? How much of a fiction has truthful journalism been, historically? How can journalists can retain/regain (delete as appropriate) a reputation for believability?
Prof Simon Blackburn - His latest book is ‘Truth: Ideas in Profile’ (Profile, 2017): ‘One of the world's leading thinkers on truth explains what it is, the different ways of approaching and understanding it, and why it matters’. Formerly Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, Simon is notable for his appearances in the media such as ‘The Moral Maze’, and his many books, including ‘Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics’ and ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’.
Peter Jukes - Dramatist, screenwriter and journalist, whose latest book is ‘Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone-Hacking Trial’ (Canbury) and who also wrote ‘The Fall of the House of Murdoch’. His television credits include ‘Waking the Dead’, ‘The Inspector Lynley Mysteries’, and ‘In Deep’, which he created. He writes extensively for the serious press, and is a founder of the Byline Festival.
David Randall - Author of the world’s leading textbook on journalism. ‘The Universal Journalist’ (Pluto), which is now in its fifth edition and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. David was recruited into journalism by a student Jeremy Paxman and has worked extensively for The Observer, and The Independent and Independent on Sunday, in a variety of senior roles, and as a journalism and publishing consultant on several occasions in Russia, as well as in Africa and the USA.
Chair: Simon Hardeman - Journalist, former comedian, and leader of Greenwich University’s journalism courses. Simon worked for The Independent for many years, had a regular column in The Times magazine, has written for several other publications, including scurrilous ones, and appeared many times on TV and radio.
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