Satire in the Age of “Fake News”



    “At a time when politicians wage war on “fake news” – or simply use the term abundantly and recklessly- where does satire stand? Whether The Onion, The Borowitz Report, a Fitz cartoon or stand-up, satire provides a dose of news with a funny twist.
    In the wake of fake news scandals, institutions like Facebook have increased restrictions on how satire is circulated, making sure to flag it as not news. How does satire set itself apart from fake news, and what role does it play in the landscape of freedom of expression?
    Our panel will discuss satire and how charges of fake news affect satirical work?”


    The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

    To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

    It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

    It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

    — To promote this flow of information.
    — To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
    — To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
    — To foster excellence among journalists.
    — To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
    — To encourage diversity in journalism.
    — To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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