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Club Online Zoom Event: Book Talk – ‘News and How to Use It: What to Believe in a Fake News World’

Book Talk – ‘News and How to Use It: What to Believe in a Fake News World’

Thursday, December 10, 2020
8:00pm HKT on Zoom
Disinformation is on the rise and faith in governments and public institutions is faltering. Meanwhile, professional journalism is far from being the public’s sole source of trustworthy information, and as we saw from the number of amateur and student reporters on the ground during the Hong Kong protests, the definition of who is a journalist is no longer clear cut. What’s to be done about it? Relying on his decades of experience as a journalist, including 20 years as editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger has written an A-to-Z glossary for this unsettling age, offering a user’s guide for how to stay informed and distinguish fact from fiction. In this Zoom event, he’ll discuss topics including fake news, dysfunctioning democracies, and how journalists can reestablish trust and autority in these challenging times. Moderated by FCC first vice president Eric Wishart.
Alan Rusbridger is currently Principal of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. Previously, he served as editor of The Guardian from 1995 to 2015, during which time he oversaw its transformation from a print newspaper to a 24/7 digital operation based in the UK, the US, and Australia. In addition to The Guardian, Rusbridger has also worked at The Observer and the London Daily News. Prior to writing News and How to Use It, he authored a memoir, Play It Again, and Breaking News, a look at the past, present, and future of journalism.