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University of Wisconsin–Madison
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

2017 Conference

truth, trust and the future of journalism

March 31, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Madison, Wisconsin


Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post
Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer, FRONTLINE
Ken Vogel, Politico
Michelle Lee, The Washington Post Fact Checker
Stephen Ward, CJE founder, author of Radical Media Ethics
Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University – Chicago
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


9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Keynote conversation with Margaret Sullivan
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Responsibility & Challenge of Truth: Fact, Fiction and News
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Denial, Conspiracy Theory, Hoax and Disinformation
2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where Do We Go From Here? Solutions in an Allegedly Post-Truth Era


You will be able to register for the conference starting March 1, 2017. If you would like to be notified when registration is opens, please join our mailing list using the form below.


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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