The digital transformation that is reshaping the news business introduced yet another new challenge: fake news. SABEW’s March training session will feature a panel of experts assembled to address this issue. They’ll talk about fact checking, what respected news organizations are doing to respond to fake news, and what this phenomenon means for the future of business journalism.
Monday, March 20
2 p.m. EST
David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review. David Uberti is a staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, where he covers media industry trends, analyzes news coverage, and hosts a weekly podcast, The Kicker. He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School and moonlights as an American correspondent for The Guardian, where he writes features on national affairs and urban development.
Alexios Mantzarlis, Poynter. Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers globally. Mantzarlis previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica and FactCheckEU, respectively Italy’s main political fact-checking website and the EU’s first multilingual crowd-checking project. He has presented fact-checking segments on Italian TV and led seminars on fact-checking around the world. Before becoming a fact-checker he worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.
Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed. Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world’s leading experts in online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and fake news. Craig previously was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada, and was also the founder of Emergent.info, a rumor tracking project that was developed as part of a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. From 2004 to 2015 he wrote Regret The Error, a blog about media accuracy and corrections, which became part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the basis for an award-winning book of press criticism. In 2010, Craig was part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup that delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities.
Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press. Amy Westfeldt, a news manager at the AP’s Nerve Center, leads the AP’s effort to fact-check false news stories as part of a new partnership with Facebook. She also oversees AP’s Trending News desk, focusing on viral content that takes off on social media, and works closely with top digital customers. Amy was a beat reporter covering post-Sept. 11 New York for several years after the 2001 attacks and has worked as a national and Top Stories desk editor.