Do Facts Still Matter? Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

Do facts still matter? Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

A panel hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate

People on all sides of the political spectrum have an interest in advocating for fact-based news and information. How do we promote critical thinking and educate students in this new and chaotic American moment? Our panel of distinguished journalists and academics explores the role of journalism in the current "post-truth" media and political climate, and discusses how academia and journalists alike are responding to the "fake news" and "alternative facts" environment.

Panelists include:

  • Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director of the Huffington Post and Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication
  • John L. Jackson, Jr., Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice and Richard Perry University Professor
  • Charles Sykes, Senior Fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and conservative commentator

Moderated by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Walter and Leonore Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center