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?”


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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.

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— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
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