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University of Wisconsin–Madison
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

2017 Conference

truth, trust and the future of journalism

Join the Center for Journalism Ethics as we explore critical issues facing journalism today:

  • Fake News
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Disinformation
  • Public Mistrust
  • Possible solutions in what some are calling a “post-truth” era

The event draws top journalists, academics and advocates to explore how we have gotten to historically low levels of trust in news media and how we can ensure a free, courageous and responsible press in times of extreme partisanship. The conference is free and open to the public.

Registration is now open

The conference will take place on March 31, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. All conference attendees must register before the event. Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch. You may register for the full day or just part of the day. Information about the venue and parking is available below.


8:15 a.m. Registration opens
9 a.m. Keynote conversation with Margaret Sullivan
10 a.m. Panel: The Responsibility & Challenge of Truth: Fact, Fiction and News
11:15 a.m. Panel: Blind Beliefs? Conspiracies, Hoaxes and Disinformation
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Small group discussion
2:15 p.m. Panel: Where Do We Go From Here? Solutions in an Allegedly Post-Truth Era


Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post
Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer, FRONTLINE
Ken Vogel, Politico
Michelle Lee, The Washington Post Fact Checker
Charlie Sykes, host, WNYC’s Indivisible; editor, RightWisconsin
Stephen Ward, CJE founder, author of Radical Media Ethics
Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University – Chicago
Dawn GarciaDirector, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, Stanford University
Michael Wagner, UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Lucas Graves, UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Jason Shepard, Chair of the Department of Communication, California State University – Fullerton
Marty Kaiser, Senior Fellow, Democracy Fund
Deborah Blum, Director, Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
Joanne Miller, University of Minnesota

location & parking

The 2017 conference will be held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Parking is available nearby for a small fee. WID has information about parking, including lot maps, here.


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