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One of the common discussions among journalists and experts nowadays is how to deal with large amounts of information, process it swiftly and efficiently, and make sure that the quality of the final product is high. This poses several challenges for journalists and media organizations: how to produce reliable news and protect reputation of the media? How to process large quantities of information, and if it is received from the anonymous source, how to make sure in the credibility of this information?

The buzz word of our time, fake news, that became extremely popular in the last several years, attracts attention of scholars, politicians and journalists. Yet, the latter ones also know that their media, that face financial pressures, in order to keeping profit and popularity opt for clickbait. This, in turn, often forces journalists to produce and disseminate false or poorly checked information. What challenges it poses for journalists who are directly involved in the news production? How to treat this new digital environment: as the space that provides a myriad of opportunities or as the ‘digital minefield’ full of new dangers?

In the format of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops this two-day seminar aims at exploring several aspects of daily operations of the media in the digital age:

  • What are the main challenges for fact checking in the digital age?
  • What are the ways of dealing with fake news? Is it possible to avoid clickbait and stay popular?
  • What are the ethical standards of processing big data received anonymously and how to check questionable sources?
  • How technologies change the way traditional media earn money?

Among the confirmed speakers:

  • Gregory Asmolov
  • Alexey Amyotov
  • James Ball
  • Olesya Shmagun

Structure

Each day of the conference will consist of the paper presentations by the experts on the topic of the seminar. Each panel discussion will last 30-40 min and the Q&A session lasting 30-40 mins.

Programme

Friday, 13 September 2019

Registration

Tea and coffee served
09:30-10:15

Welcome and Introduction

Dr Ilya Yablokov (University of Leeds), Julia Taranova (Russian Readings)
10:20-10:30

Keynote Talk

Professor Steven Livingston (George Washington University), Moderator: Professor Svetlana Bodrunova, (St Petersburg State University)
10:30-12:00

Lunch

12:00-13:00

Panel Discussion 1: How technology has changed journalism – positives and negatives

Aleksey Amyotov (the Village), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices), Turi Munthe (North Base Media; Demotix), Gregory Asmolov (King’s College London)
13:00-14:30

Break

14:30-15:00

Panel Discussion 2: Fake News and Misinformation: Legislation and Regulation

Tatyana Lysova (Interfax), Professor Kalina Bontcheva (University of Sheffield), Martin Moore (King’s College London)
15:00-16:30

Break

16:30-17:00

Workshop 1: Investigative journalism using large amount of data and open source information

Olesya Shmagun and OCCRP – Organised Crime & Corruption Reporting Project
17:00-19:00

Dinner Reception

20:00

Saturday, 14 September 2019

New Technology, Politics and Journalism

Registration

Tea and coffee served
10:30-11:00

Talk and Discussion: How governments and affiliated actors use digital technologies in political battles

Moderator: Gregory Asmolov (King’s College London), Denis Teyssou (MediaLab, Agence France Presse), James Ball (Bureau of Investigative Journalism)
11:00-12:30

Lunch

12:30-13:30

Panel discussion 3: Political campaigning, technology and the media

Moderator: Dr Kamilla Nigmatullina. Dr Sergey Sanovich (Stanford University), Abdulrahman Al Shayyal (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed), Dr Tanya Lokot (Dublin City University)
13:30-15:00

Break

15:30-16:00

Workshop - Fact Checking in the Digital Age

Leader: James Ball, (Bureau of Investigative Journalism)
16:00-18:00

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