ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter: (9/20) Fake News & Political Persuasion
September 20, 2017
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Event Location:
General Assembly, Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE
2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308


The Honorable Hollie Manheimer, First Amendment lawyer and former director, Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Richard Griffiths, journalist and former senior editorial director at CNN

Alan Abramowitz, Professor of Political Science and elections expert, Emory University

Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation

Dr. Nsenga Burton, Chair of Mass Media Arts, Clark Atlanta University; editor-at-large, The Roots

Join us September 20th at General Assembly to hear First Amendment lawyer Peter Canfield moderate a panel of journalists, free speech experts, and election scholars. This event is the city’s first-ever conversation aimed at breaking down for Atlantans how social platforms may provide accountability and what “fake news” means for society.

Public news consumption occurs quickly in the digital age. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, email, the list goes on. Many people unintentionally engage with the news through questionable sources where stories are not properly vetted. As journalistic accuracy declines, we consider what this means for political engagement, for digital engagement on social media platforms, and for our human interest in storytelling. 

All the while, the relationship between our national media and political establishment grows ever more tenuous. Ethical considerations and legal concerns include: What duty do journalists have to maintain their ethical standard of investigating and telling "true" news? What are the legal protections for those writers who promote "fake" news for whatever motive? What can citizens and voters do to help find and promote accountable news?

-Hear from news experts on the role the media plays in messaging and “fake news”
-Learn about the relationship between technology, the media, and politics
-Hear from legal scholars on whether fake news is protected speech
-Learn how to combat fake news
-Learn how to engage with digital platforms to minimize fake news

Thank you to our co-sponsors, including Jones Day and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

RSVP here

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