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University of Wisconsin–Madison

2018: Division, Denial & Journalism Ethics

Division, Denial & Journalism Ethics

The Center for Journalism Ethics’ annual conference will bring together journalists, scholars and advocates to address critical issues facing journalism today:

  • Audience psychology
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Disinformation
  • Public mistrust
  • Possible solutions to create a common set of facts

Nearly 200 journalists, students, scholars and community members are expected to discuss the problems news media and news audiences face, and some positive steps we can take to repair democracy.

Keynote speaker

Justin Gillis is an author and consultant working on a book about how to solve global warming. He spent nearly a decade as a reporter for The New York Times covering environmental science, with a special focus on climate change, and is now a contributing opinion writer for the newspaper. He was the author of a Times series, “Temperature Rising” that ran from 2010 to 2013 and updated readers on major developments in climate science, winning the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism from Columbia University. He was also the principal author in 2014 of “The Big Fix,” which critically examined proposed solutions to climate change. In 2015, he was part of the Times team that covered the Paris climate conference, which produced the world’s most ambitious agreement to tackle global warming. He traveled to Antarctica twice in 2016 to create a series of articles and virtual reality videos on the risk that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will collapse in a warming world.


Gillis is a native of southern Georgia and a graduate of the University of Georgia in journalism. Earlier in his career he worked at the Associated Press, The Miami Herald and The Washington Post. For the Post, he covered genetics, biotechnology and the completion of the Human Genome Project. In the 2004-2005 academic year, he was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Friday, April 27
Discovery Building
Madison, Wisc.