What, exactly, is fake news? The past year has seen a phenomenal explosion of fake news stories on social media platforms such as Facebook. The term has also become muddied by public officials and politicians – most famously US president Donald Trump – using it to refer to news stories they claim are inaccurate or biased.
On Wednesday June 7 the School of Media, Film and Journalism held a Q&A-style debate with a panel of experts including our academic staff and local media and communication industry professionals. They tackled questions around the rise of fake news and related issues about the changing nature of media and communication in the digital age. This was a unique opportunity to get an insiders view into how current professionals see the future of media communication. Please see below for the full Q&A:
The #MonashQandA panel was chaired by Amanda Collinge (Series Producer, Q&A), with Professor Andy Ruddock (media studies author, commentator and academic, author of the books Youth and Media, and Investigating Audiences and Understanding Audiences), Associate Professor Fay Anderson (media historian, public commentator and Acting Head of Journalism at Monash), Associate Professor Belinda Smaill (Head of Film and Screen Studies at Monash and author of the book The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture), Dr Misha Myers (performance practitioner and leader of Digital Humanities at Monash), Ben Eltham (writer, journalist, researcher, creative producer and social commentator), and Matt Johnson (Channel 7 social media producer and Journalism alumni).
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