From #fakenews towards a compassionate media


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Can journalism be de-toxified?

This event will take place in the (air conditioned) British Library Entrance Hall. When you arrive at the Library please head to the main entrance and follow the signage.

A strong and independent media is essential for tackling the existential problems of our age – climate breakdown, inequality, warring states, fake news, and social division. It is the media that will help us to understand these problems and debate their solutions. But at the same time, there is a danger that the media could themselves be subsumed by these crises.

How, in the era of 24/7 coverage, can we ensure that our media remain honest and independent? How can we move from this era of fake news and fear, towards a more compassionate journalism? Jennifer Nadel brings together celebrated speakers from a range of media to find ways to restore trust, well-being and maybe even some happiness into the News!

Jennifer Nadel is Co-Director of Compassion in Politics, a qualified barrister, author, political strategist, activist and award-winning television journalist. She was ITN’s Home Affairs editor. Her report exposing the use of rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia was used by UN war crimes investigators. Her most recent book, WE, charts how to bring about individual and societal change.

Sophia Smith Galeris a multi-award-winning reporter, author and TikTok creator based in London. Her videos have been viewed over 62 million times and she has been named a 2022 'Face to Watch' by the Evening Standard. In 2021 she won 'Innovation of the Year' for her TikTok journalism at the British Journalism Awards. She is now a Senior News Reporter at VICE World News, and her book Losing It (Harper Collins) debunks sex misinformation.

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into fourteen languages. In 2020 she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine.

Aditya Chakrabortty is a senior economics commentator and columnist for the Guardian. He won the British Journalism Award for Comment Journalist of the year in 2017, as well as a Social Policy Association award, and a Harold Wincott prize for Business Journalism. Aditya is now working on his first book, to be published by Allen Lane / Penguin.

Jon Snow has recently moved on from being the face of Channel 4 News and one of the UK's longest-serving TV news presenters, he lists his ongoing interests as “development; homelessness; people; politics; art and life!” His next book The State of Us comes out in October 2022 with Transworld.

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Name: From #fakenews towards a compassionate media
Where: Entrance Hall
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