SOLD OUT: Journalism in the Age of Fake News

Please note this event is now sold out. If you are interested but were unable to register for a ticket, the Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee will update the Facebook event page if space frees up. Thank you for your interest!


Following the election of President Donald J. Trump in the United States, popular media and journalism have become a primary target for criticism from the new administration and its supporters. Journalists are facing heightened levels of judgment and doubt, justified by the belief that they are propagating “Fake News.”

Alongside this growing criticism and declining trust, traditional journalism has come up against competition from alternate information sources, including social media, political sources such as the Ontario PC’s Ontario News Now, and digital media companies such as Buzzfeed. In “Journalism in the Age of Fake News,” four professional journalists will discuss this rapidly changing world of news media, each bringing their unique perspective in independent reporting, established news outlets, and new media organizations to discuss the changing role of journalism and the increased importance of upholding the journalistic code of ethics when reporting in the age of skepticism.

When: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 7–8:30 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost:  Free / Registration required (Please note that in order to guarantee seating, arrival by 6:45 pm is necessary. Doors open at 6 pm.)


Jesse Brown | Canadaland
Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, a crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the workings of traditional Canadian media by focusing on big news stories and uncovering scandals at the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and the Canadian government. He has previously contributed to newspapers such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, Slate, Business Insider, and Vice.

Rachel Browne | VICE Media
Rachel Browne is a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is currently a Senior Reporter at VICE Media and has also been published in Maclean’s Magazine and the National Post.

Daniel Dale | Toronto Star
Daniel Dale is the Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief and a rising star in the world of political commentary. Dale has become one of the most-watched journalists in Washington in part by simply enumerating Donald Trump’s lies. Previously, he covered the entirety of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s leadership as a City Hall reporter.

Asmaa Malik | Ryerson School of Journalism
Asmaa Malik is a professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism. She was most recently deputy managing editor of the Gazette in Montreal, where she directed the news organization’s multi-platform digital strategy. Over the past 16 years, she has played several key management roles at the Gazette and the Toronto Star.

Marva Wisdom (moderator) | Black Experience Project
Marva Wisdom is the director of the Black Experience Project (GTA), a seven-year research study of the lived experiences of the Black community living and working in the region. In addition, she is also the external lead advisor for the City of Guelph’s long-term community plan and is president and managing director of Canadian Black History Projects. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

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