Truth and Trust in the 21st Century

Poynter and MediaShift Examine the Changing Ethics of Journalism

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How do you sort truth from fiction in the era of social media? When news breaks and spreads at lightning speed, most people are left scratching their heads. And recent breaking news stories, from the Boston Marathon bombing to the D.C. Navy Yard shooting, brought misinformation and mistakes from ordinary citizens and from traditional news sources. Come hear a discussion of this topic at the Ford Foundation headquarters in New York City, where a panel of traditional and new media practitioners will discuss how they make ethical decisions on what to post and when.

Produced by The Poynter Institute and MediaShift, “Truth and Trust in the 21st Century,” will expand on the essays in the new book, “The New Ethics of Journalism,” edited by Poynter senior faculty Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute. McBride will moderate a panel on stage, and include a selection of diverse voices from the audience. The discussion will include recent case studies, how decisions were made and tips on how to get at the truth — and create trust — in the social age. It will be followed by a reception with food and drinks in the atrium.

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The gathering is sponsored by craigconnects, Ford Foundation, the School of Communication at American University and NewsCred. It will include a conversation between panelists, invited guests, audience members in the room and viewers online of a live webcast.

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Here’s a partial list of speakers and special guests:

Kelly McBride, Poynter
Tom Rosenstiel, American Press Institute
Clay Shirky, NYU
Monica Guzman, Seattle Times and Geekwire
Mark Glaser, MediaShift
Craig Newmark, craigconnects
Michael Oreskes, Associated Press
Sewell Chan, New York Times
Steven Waldman, advisor to the FCC
Gilad Lotan, Betaworks
Jimmy Soni, Huffington Post
Shani Hilton, BuzzFeed
Thomas Kent, Associated Press
Josh Stearns, Free Press
Stephen Ward, University of Oregon
Chris Martin, Poynter Institute
Dorian Benkoil, MediaShift



November 13, 2013
Wednesday night
6:30 pm – 8 pm: Discussion
8 pm – 9 pm: Reception and mixer

Ford Foundation

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320 East 43rd St.,
New York, NY 10017
(212) 573-5000
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The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter’s belief in the value of independent journalism in the public interest.

PBS MediaShift is your guide to the digital media revolution. We produce events, workshops and mixers throughout the year at various locations. To learn more about our events, please see our Events page; to contact us about helping to produce your events, contact us through this form.


“The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century” is available through CQ Press and was edited by Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel. It includes essays by danah boyd, Roy Peter Clark, Eric Deggans, Ann Friedman, Dan Gillmor, Monica Guzman, Adam Hochberg, Tom Huang, Kenneth Irby, Gilad Lotan, Steve Myers, Clay Shirky, Craig Silverman and Steven Waldman.

American University’s School of Communication is a laboratory for professional education, communication research and innovative production in the fields of journalism, film and media arts, strategic and political communication, and international media working across media platforms and with a focus on public affairs and public service.

NewsCred’s mission is to put content at the heart of every business. By fusing game-changing technology, premium content and an experienced editorial team, we’re reinventing the way content is distributed, consumed and shared across the social web.

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Launched in March 2011, is Craig Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative to support philanthropy, public service, and organizations getting results in both areas. The initiative spotlights individuals, organizations and agencies working for veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, journalism ethics and accountability, consumer protection, election protection and voter registration, and technology for the common good. craigconnects is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. In September 2013, Craig was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work to enhance services for veterans and military families.

Image of the Ford Foundation headquarters by gmpicket via Flickr Creative Commons.

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