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INSP hosts fake news event

16 March 2017


The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) will this month bring together some of the top journalists and media professionals from Scotland and further afield to debate fake news, ‘alternative facts’ and role of journalists in holding power to account.

The Alternative journalism vs. ‘alternative facts’ event on 30 March will explore how alternative forms of journalism can lead the fight against fake news.

The panel will be chaired by journalist and academic Dr Eamonn O’Neill with panellists including journalist and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove; Peter Geoghegan –Director of The Ferret and author of The People’s Referendum; Susan Smith – Editor of Third Force News and Angela Haggerty – Editor of CommonSpace.

They will be joined by Tim Harris – INSP board member and Founder and Director of Seattle’s pioneering street paper Real Change – who will provide a view from the street paper network and the United States.

Director of independent media co-operative The Ferret Peter Geoghegan said that the conversation around these topic was vital.

“The case for journalism has never been stronger. Authoritative, sceptical reporting is an integral part of a healthy society – and a healthy democracy. But the same digital technology that is disrupting the business model on which journalism has relied on is aiding the spread of propaganda and disinformation – often for political purposes,” he said.

“There is a clear need for alternative models for funding journalism, but also alternative ways for challenging mis-reporting and bias. There are no easy answers but the conversations need to start now.”

Tickets for Alternative journalism vs ‘alternative facts’ are available here.

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